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'jihad town' recruits for SyriaFive men from a small French town that supplied around 20 extremists to the war in Syria, most of whom never returned, went on trial Thursday accused of a terrorist conspiracy. Lunel, a town of 26,000 people outside the coastal Mediterranean city of Montpellier, became a symbol of the militant fervor sweeping parts of France when a group of friends slipped out of the country to Syria in 2013 and 2014 .Upon arriving in Syria, they joined a group linked to the Qaeda-backed Nusra Front before joining Daesh when it seized part of Syria in 2014 .
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