Lebanon beefs up military presence in Tripoli


Lebanon has increased the number of its military forces in the city of Tripoli following a deadly incident where a group of Lebanese militants were killed in Syria’s town of Tal Kalakh near the border with Lebanon, Press TV reports.
Local Lebanese media said the militants had ties with radical and Salafi groups in Tripoli, and that they had been sent into Syria to fight against the Syrian government.

Syrian security forces killed nearly 20 militants in an ambush in Tal Kalakh on Friday.

Sheikh Zakhariyeh Traboulse, a member of Tripoli’s Salafist Movement, confirmed to Press TV that a group of militants left the city for Syria to fight the Syrian troops.

There are speculations that that the March 14 alliance led by former Lebanese Prime Minister Sa’ad Hariri is playing a major role in funding and arming the militants in Syria.

Commentators say the March 14 alliance would gain more powers inside Lebanon if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad steps down.

Syria has been the scene of unrest since March 2011 and the government says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country.

Some Western states, especially the United States, and their regional allies including the Saudi regime, Qatar and Turkey support the militants in Syria.

Last week, the Syrian newspaper Al Watan published the names of 142 foreign militants from 18 countries who were killed while fighting against the Syrian army. Almost 50 of the slain militants were Saudi nationals.

According to the daily, the militants had entered Syria via Turkey and Lebanon, and they were mostly extremists who were already members of al-Qaeda or they had joined the terrorist group after arriving in the country.


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