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Lebanon indicts five Syrians for
belonging to Al-Nusra Front

BEIRUT – Lebanon’s military court on Thursday indicted five Syrian men on charges of belonging to the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra Front amid a worsening security situation that has seen terror groups claim responsibility for recent suicide bombings.

 

“Government Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr indicted five detained Syrians on charges of joining the Al-Nusra Front, an armed terrorist organization with the intent of carrying out terrorist acts,” Lebanon’s state National News Agency reported.

 

The indicted suspects would face the death penalty if found guilty, the NNA added.

 

The report also said that Saqr transferred the file on the five indicted Syrians to Lebanon’s Military Investigate Judge.

 

Al-Nusra Front leader Abou Mohammed al-Jawlani told Al-Jazeera in an interview aired December 19 that the Al-Qaeda-linked organization is active on Lebanese soil in order to help the Sunnis of the country face the “injustice” of Shiite Hezbollah.

 

“Lebanon’s Sunnis… are requesting that the mujahideen intervene to lift up the injustice they are suffering from at the hands of Hezbollah and similar militias,” Jawlani told the station.

 

The radical official said that the Al-Nusra Front entered Lebanon after Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah declared in May that his party was fighting alongside the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

 

Hezbollah and Shiite-populated areas have been targeted by terror acts since May, with a number of car bombings rocking the Dahiyeh suburbs of southern Beirut while Hezbollah convoys have been attacked with IEDs and a car bomb in the Beqaa.

 

The Al-Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility for the November 19 twin suicide bombings outside Iran’s embassy in southern Beirut that left over 20 people dead, while the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) said it was behind the January 2 suicide bombing that killed 5 people in the Haret al-Harayk area of Dahiyeh.

 

Government Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr indicted five detained Syrians on charges of joining the Al-Nusra Front.