Is Lebanon on the Brink of a New Civil War?

(Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs) Col. (ret.) Dr. Jacques Neriah - The Syrian civil war is spilling over to Lebanon's north, heavily populated with Sunni Muslims sympathetic to the fate of their Syrian Sunni brothers fighting Bashar Assad's Alawite regime. Since late summer, Lebanon has been the target of Sunni jihadists infiltrating from Syria. Lately the Lebanese Sunnis in the city of Tripoli have rallied to the Jabhat al-Nusra jihadists with the apparent goal of taking over the city. The Lebanese army, using helicopter gunships, succeeded in ousting the insurgents from the historical center of Tripoli after four days of heavy fighting. The fall of Tripoli would have been the beginning of the disintegration of the Lebanese state.

2014-10-30 00:00:00

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