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An Islamist detainee who fought alongside extremist preacher Ahmad al Assir told a court Wednesday that his main goal was always to combat Israel. "I never fought for Ahmad Assir ... I fought to defend the mosque," said Wissam Naim as he addressed the Military Tribunal. He is being charged with belonging to an armed group aiming to conduct acts of terror, in addition to fighting alongside Assir against the Lebanese Army. Naim said he joined Osbat al-Ansar Islamist group in 2005 . He said he was touched by the fact that they sent fighters to combat the U.S. occupation of Iraq. After undergoing military and religious training, he was sent to protect the Lebanese-Israeli border under what he claimed was an agreement forged between Osbat al-Ansar and Hezbollah. Abbas was detained by Lebanese authorities in February 2014 .
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