Beirut, Lebanon – The Islamic State (IS), an al-Qaeda offshoot, issued a statement saying that the Lebanese government and Hezbollah are to blame if IS arrests any Lebanese soldiers.
The Islamic State group announced earlier on Saturday the killing of a second Lebanese soldier, Abbas Mudlij, threatening to execute the remaining soldiers who were taken by IS as hostages at the border villages in southern Syria.
IS militants executed another Lebanese soldier, Ali Sayyid, end of August.
Sunni insurgents linked to the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) captured nine Lebanese soldiers earlier in August near the Lebanese town of Arsal at the Syrian border. They demanded that the Lebanese authorities release some of their fellow Islamists who are being held in Roumiyeh prison in Lebanon, threatening the execution of the remaining seven hostages if their comrades detained in Lebanon are not released.
There were conflicting reports about the number of soldiers abducted by IS-linked Islamists, but some Lebanese sources reported that the total number of the Lebanese captured soldiers and security forces is 28; some of them are held by IS, while the majority are detained by al-Nusra Front (Jabhat al-Nusra), al-Qaeda branch in Syria.
Reporting by: Hussam al-Zeer
Source: ARA News
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