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Poor Tripoli district becomes hotbed for extremists

Mankoubin is one of the impoverished neighborhoods of Tripoli, producing youths who have joined such extremist groups as Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State and have carried out attacks in Syria and Iraq, as well as in Lebanon.
The Alawite neighbourhood of Jabal Mohsen is seen through a bullet hole in the window of an apartment in the Sunni Mankoubin district in Lebanon's northern port of Tripoli on August 25, 2012, following clashes between pro- and anti-Syrian factions in the city, stoking fears of a spillover of bloodshed. AFP PHOTO / ANWAR AMRO        (Photo credit should read ANWAR AMRO/AFP/Getty Images)

TRIPOLI, Lebanon — The Lebanese government initiated a widespread security crackdown in the wake of a twin suicide bombing on Jan. 10 in Tripoli's Jabal Mohsen district, killing nine people and injuring 37 others. Several people have been detained in Mankoubin, the poor neighborhood from which the two bombers hailed that has been at the heart of jihadi activity since the beginning of the Syrian civil war.

One week after the bombing, another Mankoubin resident, Bassam Hussam al-Naboush, was arrested for attempting to carry out terrorist operations against army posts and residential areas alongside a Christian Tripoli resident, Tony Warrak, who had converted to Islam. Since the Syrian uprising, Mankoubin residents, most of whom are Sunnis and appear to support the Syrian revolution, have been at odds with their Alawite neighbors in Jabal Mohsen, who support the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

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