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Lebanese army makes strides in Tripoli

With its success in Tripoli, the Lebanese army is proving itself as the only military institution in the state able to confront terrorism.
Lebanese army soldiers patrol on an armoured carrier as residents look at derbis following clashes between Lebanese soldiers and Islamist gunmen in Tripoli, northern Lebanon October 28, 2014. The Lebanese army took the last position held by Islamist militants in the northern city of Tripoli on Monday, ending two days of battles that marked some of the worst fighting to spill over into Lebanon from the Syrian civil war next door. REUTERS/Omar Ibrahim   (LEBANON - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY) - RTR4B
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The Lebanese army has succeeded in securing the city of Tripoli following the widespread emergence of Islamist organizations and movements there in the absence of the state and its institutions. The step was lauded by all political parties as a chance for the Lebanese army to show its readiness to fight terror organizations. Its strength was boosted by some recently acquired capabilities in addition to its accumulated expertise since the unrest of Nahr al-Bared in May 2007, the first confrontation between the army and terrorist organizations.

The recent security events have undoubtedly confirmed that the Lebanese Sunni community — particularly in Tripoli — does not offer fertile soil for terrorism. However, this does not mean that Lebanon is safe from the dangers from the east, coming from countries such as Syria and Iraq.

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