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Syrians arrest Lebanese for fighting with Nusra

A general view of Majdal Anjar, east Lebanon. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEKAA VALLEY, Lebanon: The Syrian army Monday arrested a man allegedly fighting alongside the Al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, security sources told The Daily Star.

Khaled Hasan Jalloul, 21, from the Bekaa Valley town of Majdal Anjar, was captured by the Syrian army in the town of Tal Kalakh near the border with Lebanon, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Jalloul’s relatives held a protest over his arrest, the sources said.

At least 20 fighters from Tripoli were killed last year in an ambush by the Syrian army in Tal Kalakh.

They were reportedly said to be heading to the war-torn country to fight alongside the jihadist Nusra Front which the United States has labeled a terrorist group.

Three men with alleged links to the jihadist groups were charged in August with the July 31 killing of an Army soldier in Majdal Anjar. Investigative Military Judge Fadi Sawwan issued warrants against Ibrahim Khanjar, Wassim Khanjar and Mahmoud Hamid, according to judicial sources.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on September 03, 2013, on page 3.

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