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New Lebanese government must deal with terror

While the partnership between Hezbollah and the Future Movement in the new Lebanese government is good start, to be truly successful, they must directly address terrorism together.
Lebanon's Prime Minister Tammam Salam speaks at the presidential palace in Baabda, near Beirut February 15, 2014. Lebanon announced a new government on Saturday, breaking a 10-month political deadlock during which spillover violence from neighbouring Syria worsened internal instability. Parliament designated Sunni lawmaker Salam as prime minister in April 2013, but he had been unable to form a government for months due to rivalries between the Hezbollah-dominated March 8 bloc and the March 14 alliance, led
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On Feb. 19, shortly after the new Lebanese government was formed, a horrible explosion shook the southern suburbs of Beirut, killing seven people and leaving more than 100 wounded. The Abdullah Azzam Brigades, a group linked to al-Qaeda, claimed responsibility for the attack. Only a few days after the explosion, on Feb. 22, the Lebanese army was also targeted by an explosion in the town of Hermel in the Bekaa Valley, killing two soldiers and a civilian.

Terrorism has become a daily occurrence for the Lebanese, and the main questions today are: How can this death trap be stopped? And will the long-awaited government and the return of Sunni moderation to power and to the head of the sovereign security ministries be enough to stop the jihadist terrorism that is seeping into this small country?

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