Lebanon's war with al-Qaeda: is it a losing battle?

Hezbollah is not the perpetrator but the target because of its decision to fight alongside Assad in Syria

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BEIRUT - Less than a minute after a soft boom rippled across the Lebanese capital early yesterday, the tweets started rolling in. "Explosion in southern suburbs of Beirut." Another day, another attack.

Until recently, Lebanon has been relatively calm and stable. Unlike Iraq or Syria, car bombs are still counted in single digits every month. But they are now coming often enough that people are no longer surprised by them. "We were due one, at least it’s out of the way now," was the general sentiment on the street yesterday.

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