A new army came into being in the Lebanon in late January. It is made?
GVs Members of Lebanese-Arab army posing for cameramen (4 shots)
CU Lieutenant Abdallah speaking in Arabic on Lebanese-Arab army
SV Abdallah and Ydlibi (Abdallah describing his army's arms and equipment)
CU Abdallah (saying they have not made contact with regular army and are respecting Syrian ceasefire)
SV Abdallah explaining that this is army for both Christians and Moslems of Lebanon
CU Abdallah saying he does not consider himself a deserter but someone who could not accept the orders he had been given
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Background: A new army came into being in the Lebanon in late January. It is made up of rebel members of the Lebanese regular army and is called the Lebanese-Arab army.
The Lebanese-Arab army was formed by First Lieutenant Ahmed Al-khatib, who deserted from the Lebanese army during the civil war fighting in late January claiming that regular army commanders had been helping right-wing forces.
Lebanese Prime Minister Rashid Karami offered his resignation partly because of an alleged attack on left-wing positions by Lebanese aircraft. Mr. Karami claimed that the attack was carried out by the military against his explicit orders but an army spokesman maintained that the army did not take sides - it only defended itself when attacked.
According to the pro-Libyan newspaper Al-Kifah Al-Arabi Lieutenant Khatib has the support of several officers and about 1,000 soldiers. The paper said the army could be a serious threat to the official Lebanese army which has only 15,000 men.
Another pro-Libyan newspaper Al-Safir has blamed the new Lebanese-Arab army for an incident after the ceasefire last Wednesday (28 January) when two soldiers were killed in an ambush on an army unit near a Syrian border post at Masnaa.
The film shows about 100 members of the lebanese-Arab army and includes remarks in Arabic about the army by Second Lieutenant Abdallah. Lieutenant Abdallah said the Lebanese-Arab army was for both Moslems and Christians. He said his force had not made contact with the regular army but he maintained it was keeping the ceasefire.