Islamic State’s Beirut attack has exposed Lebanon’s perilous fragility

  • John Michael Nagle

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Little more than a day before the Paris bomb and gun attacks, Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for two suicide bombings in Beirut that killed 44 people.

While international media focused on Paris, what coverage there was of the Beirut atrocity described it as an attack on a “Hezbollah stronghold”. This is something of a misinterpretation; the attack wasn’t merely a strike by one terrorist organisation against another, but also an indiscriminate bombing designed to cause maximum civilian fatalities. In fact, this was the deadliest attack since the end of Lebanon’s civil war – which led to 144,000 deaths – in 1990.

Period16 Nov 2015

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