Urfa, Turkey – Nusra Front, al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, has offered to release three Lebanese soldiers in exchange for a former wife of the leader of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) and four other female prisoners held in Lebanon.
Nusra Front hold sixteen Lebanese soldiers and policemen hostage.
The group’s offer of exchanging three Lebanese hostages with five imprisoned women came in a statement issued by Nusra and aired by Lebanese MTV.
“If five of our sisters leave prison… we will hand over three soldiers in exchange,” said Abu Malek al-Shami, emir of Nusra in Syria’s Qalamoun, near the Lebanese border.
Among the five hostages named was Saja al-Dulaimi, former wife of ISIS caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was arrested in Lebanon last December.
Al-Shami pointed out that the rest of the Lebanese hostages “will be released when displaced Syrian people return safely to their homes”, adding that the Lebanese people have to take responsibility for actions of Hezbollah militia which supports Assad army against rebel forces.
Speaking to ARA News, activist Mohammed Dawoud, commented: “al-Nusra Front and ISIS group are apparent partners, that’s why they called for the release of Baghdadi’s former wife.”
“There are hundreds of Syrian women held in Lebanese prisons, why al-Nusra leader did not call for their release?” he added.
Noteworthy, nine other Lebanese soldiers are held hostage by ISIS.
Reporting by: Jan Nasro, Ahmed Shiwesh
Source: ARA News
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