Lebanon issues arrest warrant for Syrian official

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BEIRUT — A Lebanese judge issued arrest warrants today for a top Syrian intelligence official and his aide for their alleged involvement in a bombing plot in Lebanon, judicial officials said.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations, said Brig. Gen. Ali Mamlouk is accused of being involved with Lebanon’s former information minister who allegedly plotted a wave of attacks in Lebanon at the behest of Syria.

Lebanon, a country plagued by decades of strife, has been on edge since the deadly uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad began in March 2011. Lebanon and Syria share a complex web of political and sectarian ties and rivalries and there are fears in Lebanon that Syria’s civil war could spill across the border.

Mamlouk, head of Syria’s national security council, was indicted in absentia in the summer.

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