Leader of the Arab Tawheed Party Wiam Wahhab. (The Daily Star)
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Tawhid Party chief Wiam Wahhab Thursday urged Druze to form an armed force to defend themselves after at least 20 members of their community were killed by Nusra Front militants in northwest Syria.Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt, who is politically opposed to Wahhab and staunchly supports Syria's rebels, said a Druze religious council would hold and emergency meeting Friday on the incident.Jumblatt has since intensified his anti-Assad stance, calling on Druze to join Syria's rebels.Wahhab lashed out at the Nusra Front and its allies who attack Druze in Syria's northwestern and southern regions.Wahhab called on Assad to arm Druze communities in Syria, especially those of Swaida.A longtime supporter of Syria's government, Wahhab said Druze should belong to the "axis of resistance" to protect themselves.
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