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Dual Syrian-Australian arrested by Lebanese military intelligence

Date of incident: 
May 1, 2016
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Lebanese Military Intelligence
Syrian Civilians/Refugees

Lebanese security officials say a dual Syrian-Australian national has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism in Lebanon.

The officials say the man, identified as Mark Eddie Maximus, was arrested by military intelligence in the northern city of Tripoli over the weekend.

One official speaking to The Associated Press on Monday says authorities had been pursuing Maximus for a while on suspicion of funding a terrorist organisation.

He declined to elaborate and spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

A local newspaper said the man was suspected of ties to the Islamic State group.

The Lebanese army has been fighting the Islamic State group and al-Qaeda's Syrian branch, the Nusra Front, in border areas close to Syria.

Primary category: 
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.