Lebanese soldiers perform combat routines to commemorate Independance Day at a school in the north Lebanon governorate iof Akkar. (The Daily Star/Antoine Amrieh)
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The young men sit slumped casually on the side road, chatting idly and watching the cars pass the main thoroughfare in Fnaydeq, a populous Sunni town in northern Akkar where most people harbor dreams of enlisting with the Lebanese Army.Support for the Army remains strong among majority-Sunni towns in north Lebanon despite pervasive feelings that there are double standards vis-a-vis the Syrian war and Hezbollah's military involvement in the conflict.The Nusra Front has repeatedly issued calls for Sunni soldiers to defect from the Army, but no defections have so far been recorded. In Arsal, locals draw a distinction between the Army proper and its intelligence wing, which they see as a politicized unit.Of Bibnine's 35,000 residents, about 2,000 are currently enlisted in the Army.When the Army was recruiting new members in January, about 11 of Bibnine's 76 hopefuls were accepted.
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