World Bulletin/News Desk
The militant movement Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on Saturday posted a video showing a Lebanese soldier declaring his defection from his country's army to the militant movement.
Called Abdel-Qadir Akomi, the soldier wears his military uniform and sits on a sofa, while two machine guns are placed to his right and his left. In front of him, there is a table on which a copy of the holy Quran is placed, while the black flag of ISIL is on the wall behind him.
"I declare my defection from the Lebanese army," Akomi says in the video, producing his military card and describing the Lebanese army as both "crusading" and one of "infidels."
He says he decided to change sides because of attacks by the Lebanese army on the eastern town of Arsal, the "dirty acts" of the Lebanese army and also the presence of many Sunni youths in Lebanese jails.
The soldier adds in the video that Sunni soldiers are being tortured in the Lebanese Ministry of Defense only because they defended fellow Sunnis by word.
He says the leader of the Lebanese Hezbollah movement Hassan Nasrallah and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad stand behind these violations against Lebanon's Sunnis.
Akomi also calls for Sunnis soldiers to defect from the Lebanese army to "our families in Tripoli and Beqaa."
The Lebanese army, meanwhile, said in a statement that Akomi had escaped his obligatory military service three months ago and that he was referred to a military court.
Even with this, he is the fourth soldier to defect from the army. Three other soldiers had earlier defected to Al-Nusra Front, another militant movement that fights against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Syria.
Two of the three soldiers announced their defection on Friday.
Lebanon has quickly come to the center of the civil war in Syria almost two months ago when Al-Nusra and ISIL clashed with its army in the eastern town of Arsal.
Seventeen Lebanese troops were killed in the clashes, while several others were kidnapped by the two movements.
Al-Nusra and ISIL – bitter enemies in Syria – say they will free the captured troops when Lebanese authorities release some Islamist figures from Lebanese jails.
They also want Hezbollah, which fights the Syrian opposition along with the Assad regime, to pull its troops back from Syria.
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