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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2015-01-03

After Syria and Iraq, Lebanon is a main target area for the Islamic State (IS) organisation. A month ago, after five days of fighting, the Lebanese army repulsed an attack on Arsal, a town on the Syrian border.

But it paid a high price. Some 20 soldiers were killed, along with dozens of jihadists and civilians.

Another 40 soldiers and police were captured. One soldier (pictured) was beheaded; his body was returned to his family last week.

Lebanon has 18 officially recognised religious communities.

All of them, including the Sunnis, who belong to the same branch of Islam as the IS, fear the advance of the IS jihadists who are waging a brutal reign of terror in Syria and northern Iraq.

As the Sunni sister of one kidnapped Lebanese soldier told FRANCE 24: “Everyone's frightened of the Islamic State. They kill you if you're Sunni or Shiite, it makes no difference to them.
 

Date created : 2014-09-04

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