Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Fighting at Nahr al-Bared splits Tripoli into two camps

by Rym Ghazal and Hani M. Bathish from The Daily Star

The polarization of Tripoli into moderate and extreme can best be viewed along the city's beaches, where one often sees female joggers in shorts passing other women wearing the niqab and strolling with their bearded husbands in traditional dress ... Extremists have gravitated toward the extremities of Tripoli, such as the suburb to the east of the city called Abu Samra, once a stronghold of Syrian intelligence operatives. Abu Samra is today a base for many Salafi religious leaders, both local and the occasional exile from distant shores. They find both a safe haven and an ideologically receptive environment in the conservative Muslim neighborhood.

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