In this Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 photo, gunmen take up combat positions in Fallujah, Iraq. (AP Photo)
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A Lebanon-based Sunni militant with reported links to Al-Qaeda pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria in an audio recording released late Saturday, urging the radical Syrian rebel group to "reactivate its cells" in the country.In an article published Saturday, Al-Akhbar newspaper described Abu Sayyaf as an Al-Qaeda commander based in Lebanon but little else is known about the man in the recording.In the message, Abu Sayyaf also urged Lebanese soldiers from the Sunni sect to desert, accusing the military of siding with Hezbollah. The sheikh explained that Al-Qaeda adopted its own system of identifying commanders, noting that the name Abu Sayyaf al-Ansari followed the group's conventions. He noted that Abu Sayyaf's last name, al-Ansari, is understood to identify the man as a "supporter of the Sunni community in Lebanon". Aby Sayyaf's remarks came a day after the Nusra Front in Lebanon warned the Sunni sect to avoid areas where Hezbollah has a presence or enjoys support.The Nusra Front in Lebanon, which is linked to Syria's Nusra Front, has claimed responsibility for bombings in areas in Lebanon that back Hezbollah.
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