A Youtube grab shows Saadeddine being embraced by a Nusra Front member.
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A video emerged Wednesday purporting to show an Army defector announcing that he had joined the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front, citing the Lebanese authorities' alleged discrimination against Sunnis as his motive.In the video, Saadeddine, who hails from the province of Akkar, shows his Lebanese Army identification card and accuses the Army of taking orders from Hezbollah and discriminating against Lebanese Sunnis.Several March 14 MPs told The Daily Star Wednesday that at least 10 other soldiers were known to have left the Lebanese Army to join the Syrian rebels, including a commanding officer.They accused authorities of imposing a news blackout on the "defection" until the Army had confirmed that the soldiers had fled. Had it been true, the Nusra Front would have broadcast videos about these soldiers' alleged defections," the official told The Daily Star.He said the Army command would treat Saadeddine as "a fugitive soldier". Hezbollah and the Syrian army have now launched an attack in a bid to finish off the pockets of rebel resistance.
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