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Post Arab Spring Struggles

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A Sunni sniper takes aim during clashes that erupted between supporters and opponents of the Syrian government, in the northern port city of Tripoli, Lebanon, May 24, 2013. The conflict has rippled across the Middle East, sending more than 2 million refugees spilling across Syria’s borders, stoking Sunni-Shiite tensions to levels unseen in years and rattling the very foundations of the region’s nation states. The most fragile of those is Lebanon, which is still recovering from its own bloody 15-year civil war and has long been seen as no more than a nudge away from tumbling back into full-blown confessional conflict.

PHOTO: Bilal Hussein/AP

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