Can ISIS Make Real Gains in Lebanon? – Ana Maria Luca (NOW-Lebanon)
(dailyalert.org, Jun. 24, 2014)
Fears are growing that the Sunni-Shiite sectarian struggle might catch fire in Lebanon too.
A security source in the Ain al-Helweh Palestinian refugee camp said jihadistfactions have been mobilizing in several areas of Lebanon, including Palestinian refugee camps.
“The fanatic groups will try to take control over a big geographical area in [the] Akkar [district in northern Lebanon] and the Palestinian camps,” he said.
“I have information from Akkar about ISIS and [Jabhat al-]Nusra training camps. They’re trying to move toward Tripoli and from there their plan is to get closer to Beirut. There are also sleeper cells in different Lebanese regions, such as Beirut, the Beqaa Valley, and north Lebanon.”