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Spy chiefs Abbas Ibrahim and Tony Saliba at daggers drawn over relations with Syria

The head of the General Security Directorate, Abbas Ibrahim, and his counterpart from State Security, Tony Saliba.
The head of the General Security Directorate, Abbas Ibrahim, and his counterpart from State Security, Tony Saliba. © Youssef Badawi/EPA/Newscom/MaxPPP - Lebanese State Security
Abbas Ibrahim, who seems to have been omnipresent since Michel Aoun became president in 2016, has kept control since then of Lebanon's relations with neighbouring Syria. This alliance of circumstance is being superceded, however, by religious loyalities, driven by the resurgence of personal ambitions, which have opened up the road to Damascus for State Security director Tony Saliba. [...] (514 words)
Issue dated 21/01/2022 Reading time 3 minutes
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