Lebanon's Tripoli licks wounds after army-Islamist clashes

Lebanese soldiers secure the market area of the Bab al-Tabbaneh neighbourhood of Tripoli, on October 27, 2014Lebanese soldiers were deployed Monday without incident in a Tripoli district where thousands of civilians fled deadly clashes between Islamist militants and the army in the country’s second city. An AFP correspondent saw major damage to the impoverished Sunni district of Bab al-Tebbaneh, which Islamists accused of ties to Al-Qaeda had used as their stronghold. “The army has taken over Bab al-Tebbaneh,” said the spokesman, adding that troops had captured 162 militants since Friday. The army, taking full control of Bab al-Tebbaneh for the first time, issued a statement urging militants still at large to turn themselves in.

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