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Colonel Abdullah RifaiThe Free Syrian Army Monday called on the Lebanese government to free  Colonel Abdullah Rifai,  who was  arrested at a Lebanese Army checkpoint near Arsal on Sunday.

“The Lebanese Army is not our enemy,”  FSA said in a statement carried by Elnashra website.

It urged the Lebanese government to free its commander l who heads the FSA Military Council.

The Lebanese Army said in a statement Sunday it arrested Rifai who was being smuggled into the country by Khaled Hujeiri, a local Arsal resident. He was caught with a forged Lebanese I.D. and  disguised in woman’s clothing.

FSA is the  umbrella group of mainstream rebels fighting to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and now have a heavy presence around Arsal since jihadi rebels flooded the town in early August.

Colonel Abduall Rifai shown reading a statement  during the formation of a military faction in Qalamoun  near Damascus
Colonel Abduall Rifai shown reading a statement during the formation of a military faction in Qalamoun near Damascus

 

 

 

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