Beirut, Lebanon – On Wednesday, leadership of al-Nusra Front (al-Qaeda branch in Syria) issued a statement vowing to Lebanese authorities to behead all the Lebanese soldiers captured by the group if the Shiite Hezbollah militia did not stop “violations against civilians”.
“The imprisoned Lebanese soldiers, who are in the custody of the Mujahideen, are prisoners of war,” al-Nusra’s statement read. “The Front tried to avoid conflict with the army, but they pushed their soldiers in a lost battle.”
According to al-Nusra Front, the Lebanese government has demonstrated weakness by arresting women and children and then threatening their families; furthermore, al-Nusra blames the Lebanese authorities for cooperating with Assad against Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
The statement also pointed out that both the Lebanese government and army are responsible for deactivating negotiations on the Lebanese prisoners with the Mujahideen, accusing the army of not responding because of Iranian pressure.
Noteworthy, al-Nusra Front captured a number of the Lebanese soldiers in addition to a group of security forces, following the end of fighting in the town of Arsal on the Syrian-Lebanese border in August 2014.
Al-Nusra’s threat came one day after the Lebanese army’s announcement of arresting a woman suspected to be the wife of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS), along with her 10-year-old son. However, pro-IS sources denied the credibility of the news, stressing that the arrested woman is not al-Baghdadi’s wife.
Reporting by: Salman Mohammed
Source: ARA News
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