BEIRUT: A Syrian suspect who was being treated at a Bekaa Valley hospital for wounds sustained in recent clashes with the Lebanese Army in Ras Baalbek has emerged as a key ISIS commander, a Lebanese Army statement said Friday.
The statement said Hasan Ghorli, nicknamed Abu Hareth al-Ansari, “is one of the most dangerous detained terrorists.”
Ghorli was arrested March 3 for his role in the August battle against the Lebanese Army on the outskirts of the northeastern border town of Arsal and the Feb. 23 attack on an Army post in Talet al-Hamra on the outskirts of Ras Baalbek, which left him wounded after soldiers repelled the militants, according to the statement. report The Daily Star
The Army said Ghorli confessed he belonged to ISIS and that he had headed an armed group that pledged allegiance to ISIS in July 2014 and made a decision to attack military positions following the arrest of Imad Jomaa.
During interrogation, Ghorli also admitted that he would take the place of other guards protecting the kidnapped Lebanese servicemen and moving them from one place to another.
He also witnessed the murder of Lebanese Corp. Ali al-Ali and revealed the identity the ISIS militant who beheaded soldiers Ali al-Sayyed and Abbas Medlej, the statement added.
The Army said Ghorli had been referred to judicial authorities for further interrogation.
Conflicting reports had emerged Thursday over Ghorli’s arrest.
State-run National News Agency said Ghorli was arrested by a local police investigation unit, but did not say whether he had been placed under arrest at Al-Manara Hospital or moved to a police-protected wing at another hospital.
However, a Syrian rebel source told The Daily Star that Ghorli, a Syrian national, is a member of the Nusra Front, not ISIS.
The source said Ghorli was critically wounded in the head on Feb. 23 during clashes that broke out between ISIS and Nusra Front militants on the outskirts of Ras Baalbek.
Ghorli was first smuggled to the underdeveloped Hamed Farhat Hospital in the west Bekaa town of Kamed al-Loz before being moved to the more advanced Al-Manar Hospital, according to the source.
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