Isis fighters are understood to have gained up to 700 men from moderate rebel groups along the Syrian border with Lebanon, where the terrorist organisation is now poised to attack.

The Telegraph has witnessed the fighters in Syria massed close to the Lebanese border, with Isis (also known as Islamic State) threatening to launch attacks across it.

“The moderate rebel groups on the border have collapsed, and their men have joined Isis,” Ahmed Flity, the deputy mayor of Arsal, a Lebanese border town, told the newspaper. It has been estimated that as many as 700 fighters from these groups have “pledged allegiance” to Isis, according to the head of Lebanon’s security office, Abbas Ibrahim.

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