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How the Syrian Civil War Is Spreading

3:36 PM, Apr 11, 2013 • By LEE SMITH
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Today NOW Lebanon publishes an article, with charts and graphics, explaining how the war in Syria pitting Sunni-majority rebels against Bashar al-Assad’s minority Alawite regime has spread to Lebanon, affecting the delicate sectarian balance there. The fighting in Lebanon so far has been contained mostly to Tripoli, a city in the northern part of the country that has long reflected Lebanon’s own internal divides as well as those of neighboring Syria.

The result now, writes Nadine Elali, is that: “Every few weeks, armed clashes erupt between Sunni Muslims in [Tripoli’s] Bab al-Tabbaneh neighborhood and Alawites on the hilltop of Jabal Mohsen. With the absence of a real political initiative to contain the crisis, clashes are expected to continue as the conflict in Syria worsens.”

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