Syrian Militant Threatens Lebanese Shiites

December 5, 2014 12:57 PM

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A Sunni militant commander in Syria who has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group has threatened to "retaliate" against Lebanese Shiites and families of Lebanese soldiers over the arrest of his wife and two children in Lebanon, according to a new militant posting.

The threat underscores how tiny Lebanon, with its own Sunni-Shiite sectarian tensions and divisions over neighboring Syria's civil war, is increasingly being pulled into the battle with the Islamic State group, which has captured much of Syria and Iraq.

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