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Conflict Incident Report

2 suspected Nusra Front members arrested

Date of incident: 
March 23, 2018
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State Security
al-Nusra Front

State Security announced the arrest of two men suspected of belonging to terrorist group the Nusra Front, in the northern district of Akkar, the state-run National News Agency reported.

The suspects, identified as Abdelrahman M. and Abdo M., are accused of attacking Lebanese Army positions in the northeastern town of Arsal in 2014.

The pair reportedly confessed to the charges brought against them.

In August 2014, Arsal was briefly overrun by members of the Nusra Front – now known as Jabhat Fatah al-Sham – and Daesh (ISIS). When the militants withdrew to the nearby Qalamoun Mountains, they took over 40 Army officers and Internal Security Forces members captive, according to officials. Most of the captives were later released, while 13 were killed.

In summer 2017, the Army and Hezbollah launched consecutive but reportedly uncoordinated offensives against Daesh and Jabhat Fatah al-Sham from the Lebanese and Syrian sides of the rugged border region respectively, routing the militants from the area.

This security incident was mapped according to the closest possible location.
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Classification of conflict (primary): 
Border conflicts (Syrian border)
Violations, disputes and/or conflicts arising between rival armed groups along the Lebanese/Syrian borders which involve parties or militant groups from the Lebanese and Syrian side in both Lebanon and Syria. These conflicts also encompass transnational groups (such as faith-based regional groups, e.g. ISIS, al-Nusra Front) that cannot be considered as strictly Syrian, Lebanese or of any other national entity.
Classification of conflict(secondary):
Power & governance conflicts
Violent or non-violent conflicts associated with antagonisms related to internal political tensions between local and/or national groups and parties. These tensions may be encouraged by internal, regional and international parties. Such conflicts are characterized by their defiance and/or opposition to central State power and governance.