Latest update: 26/11/2012
Lebanon's Sunnis flock to Salafist sheikh's banner
In less than a year, Salafist sheikh Ahmad Al-Assir has become one of the most vocal personalities in the Lebanese Sunni community. Deprived of a leader by the prolonged absence of Saad Hariri, and frustrated by the domination of armed Shiite party Hezbollah, the Sunni street is increasingly receptive to the preacher's warlike message. On November 11th, two of his followers were killed in fighting with Hezbollah gunmen. This report is from Sunni stronghold and Lebanon's third city, Sidon.