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Conflict Incident Report

Soldier who Defected to IS Arrested in Akkar

Date of incident: 
January 22, 2016
Death toll: 
Number of Injured: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL))
Lebanese Civilians
ISF(internal security forces)

On 22 Jan 16, media reported that the Internal Security Forces Intelligence Branch arrested in Akkar a Lebanese soldier who had defected to the Islamic State group in 2014 in the northern region of Akkar, who hails from the town of Mashha. He was arrested after an exchange of gunfire at the intersection of the town of Kousha.

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.