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Lebanon Slips Into Syria Quagmire

Nassif Hitti writes that Lebanon cannot distance itself from the Syria war.
A man rides his motorcycle near damaged fuel tanker trucks in Tripoli, northern Lebanon March 15, 2013. Seven Syria-bound fuel tanker trucks were burned and destroyed in Tripoli on Friday, according to the National News Agency. REUTERS/Omar Ibrahim (LEBANON - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST ENERGY) - RTR3F10L

The village of Al-Kassir in Syria is becoming a symbol of the emerging Lebanese war. The proximity of Al-Kassir to the Lebanese borders and its geographic importance — located on the axis extending from Damascus to the Syrian littoral — adds a strategic component to this new offshore Lebanese proxy war.

What was once a timid, but not so discreet, backing of allies in Syria — be they the regime or the opposition — is becoming an open war.

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