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Conflict Incident Report

IS and Nusra clash in Aarsal outskirts after militant abducted

Associated Timeline/Case: 
Arsal Conflict (starting August 2, 2014)
Date of incident: 
May 25, 2015
Death toll: 
Number of Injured: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL))
al-Nusra Front

On 25 May 15, media allegedly reported clashes erupted in the outskirts of the northeastern border town of Aarsal between the Islamic State and al-Nusra Front groups. The fighting broke out after the IS shot a man identified as Ahmed Seifeddine in the town before abducting him to its mountainous outskirts. The abductee goes by the nickname Al-Silis and is a member of al-Nusra Front. The two groups have been clashing in the town's outskirts for months now.

Primary category: 
Clashes/Armed Conflict
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.