Lebanese soldiers deploy in Laylaki, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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The family of Abdallah Shehadeh, who reportedly defected from the Army to join the Nusra Front Friday, invited reporters to their home in the north Lebanon village of Mashha.Abdallah was stationed in the in the northeast Lebanon town of Arsal, where the Lebanese Army is battling the extremist ISIS and Nusra Front, which sought to overrun the town in August.The clashes in August left 19 soldiers dead, and Nusra Front and ISIS took at least 31 soldiers and policemen hostage. Shehadeh is the second soldier reported to have defected from the Army in two days.The Nusra Front and ISIS have called on Sunni soldiers to abandon the Lebanese Army, accusing it of working closely with Hezbollah and attacking Syrian refugees in retaliation for the August clashes.
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