Lebanese, Syrian Charged with Belonging to the Islamic Stateإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Government Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr on Wednesday charged two arrested men with belonging to the jihadist Islamic State group.
"Saqr charged a Lebanese and a Syrian with belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant for the purpose of carrying out terrorist operations,” LBCI television reported.
LBCI remarked that the maximum punishment for such a crime is death penalty.
Saqr referred the case to the acting military magistrate, according to the same source.
Military Examining Magistrate Imad al-Zein issued last Thursday an arrest warrant against a soldier who had defected from the Syrian army on charges of belonging to the same terrorist group.
The Islamic State is the latest and most powerful incarnation of what began as an al-Qaida affiliate in Iraq.
The group is led by an ambitious Iraqi militant known by his nom de guerre of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi with a $10 million U.S. bounty on his head. After taking the reins in 2010, al-Baghdadi successfully transformed what had been an umbrella organization focused mainly on Iraq into a transnational military force.
It also drew the ire of many opposition fighters in Syria by focusing not on the fight against Syrian President Bashar Assad, but rather on restoring a medieval Islamic state, or caliphate, in Iraq and Greater Syria, also known as the Levant.
The group is also referred to sometimes as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
On June 29, IS declared the establishment of a "caliphate," referring to an Islamic system of rule that was abolished nearly 100 years ago.