Nusra Front Leader Calls on Lebanese Sunnis to Defect from Army

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The leader of al-Qaida's Syria affiliate, Abu Mohammad al-Jolani, has called on Lebanon's Sunnis to defect from the army.

"Sunnis, take your sons away from the army that serves your enemy, and make them join the ranks of the jihadists," al-Jolani, who heads al-Nusra Front in Syria, said in an audio recording on Sunday.

Sunni extremists perceive Lebanon's army as being controlled by Shiite Hizbullah, which has sent thousands of fighters into Syria to support President Bashar Assad's troops in a war that has killed more than 180,000 people in three years.

The Syria war has stoked existing tensions in Lebanon, where Sunnis tend to support the uprising against Assad while Shiites generally support the Damascus regime.

Last month, the Lebanese army fought pitched battles in the border town of Arsal with al-Nusra and Islamic State jihadists who streamed in from Syria.

The jihadists withdrew after a truce, but took with them police and military troops as hostages, three of whom were later executed.

Al-Golani also warned that his group would "use all possible means" to fight back against airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition and warned that the conflict would reach Western countries joining the alliance.

The U.S. views al-Nusra Front, as a terrorist group, but Syrian rebels have long seen it as a potent ally against both the IS -- which is the main target of the coalition -- and Assad's forces.

In the 25-minute audio recording, al-Golani portrayed the U.S.-led coalition as a "Crusader alliance" against Sunnis and vowed to fight back.

"We will use all that we have to defend the people of Syria...from the Crusader alliance," al-Golani said. "And we will use all possible means to achieve this end," he said, without offering more details.

He went on to warn Western countries against taking part in the alliance in words that echoed those of the late founder of al-Qaida, Osama bin Laden.

"This is what will cause the battle to be transported to the hearts of your own homes; because Muslims will not stand idly by and watch Muslims be bombed and killed in their countries, while you are safe on your countries. The price of war will not be paid by your leaders alone. You will pay the biggest price," he said.

The recording appeared genuine.

Comments 19
Thumb liberty 29 September 2014, 07:51

I am sure the Lebanese sunnis will listen to you, lol

Thumb kanaandian 29 September 2014, 08:09

enjoying the infidels carpet bomb the savages in syria and inshalla, may it continue to their hideouts in the arsal vicinity

Default-user-icon kanaandian-Shia (Guest) 29 September 2014, 08:48

and in daheyh too

Thumb _mowaten_ 29 September 2014, 12:23

seems like the hasbara goons went full-retards lately. i picture them foaming from the mouth and screaming shia shiaaaa!!!" while running around like headless chicken.

Thumb Mystic 29 September 2014, 18:14

They really sank low, these last couple of months.

Default-user-icon Cedarfirst (Guest) 29 September 2014, 09:16

For the sake of Lebanon, just shut it.

Missing ysurais 29 September 2014, 10:11

jolani go sleep.. LEB army is Leb for all Lebanon....

Missing ysurais 29 September 2014, 10:12

jolani u and your alike will be defeated sooner than later..

Default-user-icon Mahdi Faridoon Harun (Guest) 29 September 2014, 11:12

I knew you would comment Flamethrower the minute you get a break. Well said

Default-user-icon mas'ud Behrooz Esmail (Guest) 29 September 2014, 11:14

My whole office is in tears at your hilarious comments. My boss wants to register and comment because of you:))

Thumb Loubnani 29 September 2014, 11:47

What a silly statement gabby14! I can expect stupidity from a murderous subhuman like Jolani.

It really is surprising seeing a Lebanese citizen write something like that. I am sure you know that the Army does not act withought a political decision to do so. This means the Ministry of Defence with the President's agreement. Without the President the cabinet have to agree on any action the Army does. As you know the cabinet at present is formed by ministers of both M14 and M8. Honestly, you must be kid to come up with such comments. Shame on you and those like you who are blinded by hatred that they don't see what's clearly obvious and believe moronic politicans who brainwash them.

Thumb _mowaten_ 29 September 2014, 12:06

he's either stupid or playing the same game as gogolani: spreading lies and propaganda hoping the lebanese army will disintegrate.

Thumb _mowaten_ 29 September 2014, 12:07

i thought they were all in your bed!

Thumb thefool 29 September 2014, 14:09

@Gabby, you must be such a simpleton to fall for this propaganda.

Thumb thefool 29 September 2014, 14:12

Dighreh from now on I see such stupid comments & I report. Looking at you @terrorist

Default-user-icon Big E (Guest) 29 September 2014, 15:31

3anjad ennak ghabby

Thumb Mystic 29 September 2014, 18:11

Not even Hariri, would dare to say that. So what makes you so high and mighty, that you have the guts to spit on the army? You a Nusra minion too?

Thumb Mystic 29 September 2014, 18:11


Thumb Binar 30 September 2014, 03:58

wishful thinking. What an idiot.