Suruc, Turkey – On Saturday, a Lebanese member of the Islamic State’s militant group (IS/ISIS) was killed during clashes in the embattled Kurdish city of Kobane in northern Syria, Lebanese local media reported.
Mohammed Tariq Qantar, from Lebanese northern city of Tripoli, headed to Syria to join the ranks of the Islamic State group fighting against the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Kobane.
“Qantar is the fifth Lebanese citizen killed in Kobane’s battles over the past two months,” As-Safir newspaper reported.
At least 20 Lebanese young men have joined the ranks of the IS militant group so far, most of whom are from Tripoli.
“There must be organized and focused efforts for recruiting these young people,” As-Safir added.
Speaking to ARA News in Kobane, Shoresh Dijla, a leading member of the People’s Protection Units (YPG), said that the Lebanese man (Qantar) was killed during clashes at the southern fighting front of Kobane.
The Kurdish journalist Alaa Ahmed stated to ARA News that northern Lebanon, specifically the Tripoli area, constitute a fertile environment for the growth of extremist organizations, as has been proven in previous cases. .
Ahmed pointed out that the weaknesses of the Lebanese state as well as the disintegration of the Lebanese social fabric “facilitates the work of terrorist organizations in recruiting youngsters”.
Reporting by: Mohammed Ali Ahmed
Source: ARA News
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