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Syria's War Arrives in Tripoli, Lebanon

Syria's two-year-old war has arrived in Lebanon, and the northern city of Tripoli is not immune.

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In the past month, more than 30 people have been killed there in battles that pit pro-Syrian government partisans against those supporting the Syrian rebels.

In many ways, the violence mirrors what's going on in Syria – anti-Assad Sunnis vs. minority Alawites allied with Lebanon's Hezbollah.

In some cases, it's neighborhood against neighborhood.

Many in Lebanon fear their country could be dragged deeper into the Syrian conflict — with Tripoli leading the way.

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    An Alawite shop in downtown Tripoli that was blown up by a small bomb on June 2. (Photo: Ben Gilbert)