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Neo-Sunni Alliance Accentuates Regional Sectarian Conflict

The Syrian crisis has deepened sectarian divisions in the region. 
Lebanese Army soldiers deploy after angry protesters blocked roads near the main border crossing with Syria at Masnaa, in the Bekaa region, June 21, 2013. Demonstrators said they were acting in solidarity with residents of the Sunni Muslim Bekaa town of Arsal, which they say has been cut off by security forces investigating the shooting of four Shi'ite Muslim men on Sunday. The army said several military posts and patrols were targeted on Thursday night by protesters, some of them armed, and four soldiers w

The June 23 lynching of four Shiite Muslims in Egypt and the June 16 killing of four Shiites in Lebanon mark a new escalation in a regional conflict that is growing increasingly sectarian in nature.

A new, seemingly unified front of authoritarian Sunnis and their ex-critics could construct a new (alleged) common enemy and concern for the existence of Sunnis.

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