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Hezbollah Prepares for Attacks by Jabhat al-Nusra in Lebanon

As Jabhat al-Nusra’s presence grows in Lebanon’s Sunni strongholds, Hezbollah braces itself for potential combat, writes an Al-Monitor correspondent in Beirut.
A Hezbollah flag flutters in the background as Lebanese army soldiers patrol near the site where fighting broke out on Sunday between supporters of Lebanon's Sunni Muslim Salafist leader Ahmad al-Assir and supporters of Lebanon's Hezbollah in Sidon, southern Lebanon November 12, 2012. Three people were killed on Sunday when fighting broke out in the Lebanese coastal city of Sidon between followers of the Sunni Salafist preacher and supporters of the Lebanese Shi'ite guerrilla movement Hezbollah, a security
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The latest statement released by Jabhat al-Nusra threatening to launch harsh strikes against Hezbollah, in Beirut in the city’s southern suburb and across Lebanon, is being taken seriously at the national security level and by Hezbollah.

It can no longer be denied that Jabhat al-Nusra has found fertile ground in the Palestinian refugee camps in the country, among the nearly one million Syrian refugees there, as well as in Lebanese Sunni areas, especially in ​​northern Lebanon near the Syrian border.

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