Car bombs exploded outside two Sunni mosques in this northern Lebanese
city on Friday as many worshipers were just finishing prayers, killing
dozens of people, wounding hundreds and sending new sectarian shudders
through the country, already deeply unsettled by the conflict in
Political analysts expressed fear that a broad section of the region
stretching from the Mediterranean east to Baghdad and beyond was
becoming a battleground between Sunnis and Shiites, the major Islamic
sects. Many said the Tripoli bombings would not go unanswered.
“This was an upping of the ante,” said Mona Yacoubian,
the senior Middle East adviser at the Stimson Center, a nonpartisan
research group in Washington. “I think we’re seeing the contours of this
arena forming in front of our eyes.”
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