Lebanese soldiers on armored vehicles patrol the area in the northern border region of Wadi Khaled, Lebanon, Thursday, May 19, 2011. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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A security source revealed Friday that extremist groups holed up in Akkar's Wadi Khaled have fled into Syria following last month's terrorist attacks in the Bekaa town of Al-Qaa and the subsequent security raids. The source also disclosed that the Lebanese-Australian head of an extremist group, known as Abu al-Dardaa, around 45 years of age, was also present in Wadi Khaled. This has been especially true since fighting in Syria shifted from Homs north to Aleppo and Idlib. However, the source still advised caution in Wadi Khaled. Around 40,000 people live in Wadi Khaled; 70 percent of them belong to Arab clans that received Lebanese nationality in 1993 and have familial ties stretching from Syria, Jordan, Iraq and deep into the Arabian Peninsula.
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