– HUZBALLAH BITER OPPONENT ARRESTED IN LEBANON
Lebanese authorities have arrested a fugitive radical Sunni preacher, Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir , as he was trying to leave the country, officials said. Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir was detained at Beirut airport early on Saturday 08/15/2015 . .Lebanese officials said he was arrested trying to fly to Egypt using a false passport, having “changed his appearance”.
He had been on the run since clashes with the Lebanese army in 2013, which left at least 17 soldiers dead.
The cleric organised followers to fight alongside rebels in Syria in response to Hizbullah, the Lebanese Shia group which backs President Bashar al-Assad.
Sheikh al-Assir is wanted over an incident in June 2013 in which one of his men was caught with unauthorised weapons in his car at a military checkpoint in Sidon (see also – Sidon 07.26.11 ),
Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir built his reputation on television talkshows as a self-proclaimed defender of Sunni rights against the Shia movement, Hezbollah, and its backing of Syria’s President Assad, our analyst says.
Despite being on the run for two years, he has continued to issue video and audio messages.
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