"The Islamic State have risen, " a writing in the Bab al-Ramel neighborhood of Tripoli. (The Daily Star/Stringer)
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When 28-year-old Charlie Sleiman Haddad showed up at the office of the mukhtar of Tripoli's neighborhood of Zahrieh George Atieh four months ago to get a passport, the latter did not know that the young man intended to go to Turkey to join ISIS.Charlie left for Turkey and was never heard from again but Lebanese security forces received information that he had died carrying out a suicide mission in Iraq for ISIS. Instead of making his story known, the security forces decided to keep it hidden, family members said, to protect Charlie's two brothers, one of whom is an officer with the Internal Security Forces and another a training cadet at the military school. Charlie is the second Lebanese Christian known to have joined ISIS' ranks.The two Christian men who joined ISIS had converted to Islam before departing, shocking their families and neighbors.The family is one of the most-well-known Orthodox Christian families of Tripoli.
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