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Moderate Sunnis in Lebanon fear rise of extremist groups

After a war that left them marginalized and bitter, moderate Sunni Muslims in Lebanon are struggling to prevent al-Qaida-inspired extremists from winning new supporters here. As criticism continues over the weak performance of Lebanon’s Sunni-led government during this summer’s 34-day conflict between Israel and the Shiite Muslim group Hezbollah, radical Sunnis are finding new support for their cause among a fragmented sect that composes an estimated quarter of Lebanon’s population. Their efforts are aided by frustration among Sunnis at the rising prominence of Hezbollah. Full Story

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