The Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front released Monday a video in which Lebanese soldier Omar Khaled Shamtiyeh announces his defection from the army.

Shamtiyeh accused the military of being “subordinate to” Hizbullah and of “killing the Sunni youths” in the North without any valid justification.

“I announce my defection from this tyrant army and joining the jihadists of al-Nusra Front,” says Shamtiyeh, who was a member of the 2nd Artillery Regiment and used to serve at the al-Madfoun checkpoint on the coastal highway in the North.