Osbat al-Ansar members on alert in Ain al-Hilweh, Friday, April 7, 2017. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Heavy clashes that greeted the deployment of a new security force in south Lebanon's Ain al-Hilweh Friday, led to a green light for forces to target an hard-line Islamist group whose leader has reported links to Al-Qaeda.The new force clashed with members of an extremist group led by Bilal Badr, who has been linked to multiple groups inspired by Al-Qaeda.The sources said that the joint force had been given the green light to eliminate Badr, who lives in Al-Tiri neighborhood, explaining that Islamist group Osbat al-Ansar could no longer play down Badr's actions.The clashes reportedly began when Badr's group attacked the new joint force.The clashes mainly centered along the vegetable market-Tiri neighborhood line and the Tiri-Jabal al-Halib line.
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