Lebanese soldier joins Nusra

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Mohammed Antar announcing dissidence from the Lebanese army, behind him a flag of al-Nusra Front

ARA News

Beirut, Lebanon – On Friday, a Lebanese soldier announced that he was deserting the army and joining the ranks of the Islamist group of al-Nusra Front, a Syrian affiliation of al-Qaeda. 

Mohammed Antar said, in a video published online, that he had deserted the Lebanese army following clashes with Syrian rebels of al-Nusra at the Lebanese border, and had decided to join the ranks of the Front.

“The Lebanese army is, unfortunately, defending (Shiite militia of) Hezbollah,” Antar said. “That’s why I decided to join the Mujahideen of al-Nusra Front in the Kalamoon area near Damascus, south Syria. 

Antar clarified the reasons behind his defection from the army telling stories and incidents that happened in Lebanon “proved the army is inferior to Hezbollah”.

Antar urged the Sunni soldiers in the Lebanese army have to leave the army.

“You should not accept the deception of the Lebanese army, which is taking a sectarian position towards the Syrian rebels,” Antar said. 

He also emphasized the violations against Syrian refugees in Lebanon by the Lebanese army and security forces “on a sectarian basis”.

Noteworthy, after the battles of Arsal at the end of August 2014, the Nusra Front kidnapped members of the Lebanese army on the Syrian-Lebanese border, demanding the release of all detainees of al-Nusra members in the Lebanese prisons, restoring normal life to the town of Arsal, and the withdrawal of Hezbollah fighters “who are fighting side by side with the pro-Syrian regime forces”.  

 

Reporting by: Mohammed Suleiman

Source: ARA News

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