Lebanon Arrests Syrian-born Hardline Preacher

May 25, 2014 3:22 PM

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BEIRUT — Lebanese security forces arrested an influential Syrian-born Islamist cleric on Sunday who went into hiding last month after a crackdown in the northern city of Tripoli to end sectarian violence fueled by civil war in neighboring Syria.

Omar Bakri, who praised al-Qaida in recent speeches, founded outlawed British Islamist group Al Muhajiroun and was banished from Britain to Lebanon in 2005.

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