This YouTube grab shows defected army soldier Omar Khaled Shamtieh. (The Daily Star/YouTube grab)
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A Lebanese soldier announced Monday that he has joined the Nusra Front, citing the Army's alleged persecution of Sunnis as the motive behind his decision, in the fifth such defection to jihadist groups this month.In a video posted to a Nusra-affiliated Twitter account, the renegade soldier identified himself as Omar Khaled Shamtieh from the Army's Second Artillery Brigade. A similar video released by Nusra Front before that claimed that Mohammad Antar, a soldier from Fnaydeq, north Lebanon, had joined the group's ranks.And before that, soldier Abdallah Shehadeh from Tripoli also reportedly joined Nusra.
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