This video grab shows defected Lebanese Army soldier Atef Mohammad Saadeddine hugging a militant from the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front.
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The Lebanese Army defector posted a video Wednesday announcing that he has joined Al-Qaeda's Nusra Front, and his defection was due to Lebanese authorities' alleged discrimination against Sunnis.Saadeddine, who presented his Lebanese Army ID, said his former institution takes orders from Hezbollah and discriminates against the Sunnis of Lebanon.In the same vein, several March 14 MPs told The Daily Star Wednesday that at least 10 other soldiers have defected from the Lebanese Army to join the Syrian opposition.Anonymously speaking ahead of a botched parliamentary session to elect a new president, the MPs said a commanding Lebanese Army officer was among the troops who chose to join the ranks of rebel groups fighting in Syria.They accused authorities of imposing a news blackout on the "defection" until the Army had confirmed that the soldiers had fled.
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