Lebanese policemen check the site of explosion in Dahr al-Baidar, Friday, June 20, 2014. (The Daily Star/Ousama Kadiri)
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The suicide bomb attack that targeted a police checkpoint in east Lebanon, coupled with the arrest of 17 terror suspects allegedly tied to a plot to assassinate Speaker Nabih Berri, signals that Lebanon is poised for a new wave of bombings linked to the turmoil in Iraq and Syria, analysts said Friday.However, despite serious threats to its security and stability posed by Al-Qaeda-affiliated groups already active in Syria and Iraq, Lebanon does not face an immediate risk of becoming another Iraq, ravaged by sectarian violence, they said. Nader added that the suicide attack in Dahr al-Baidar on the Beirut-Damascus highway in east Lebanon that killed a police officer and wounded 32 people, was also in response to Hezbollah's declaration that the party, which is already aiding Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces, was ready to send fighters to Syria and Iraq to defend Shiite holy sites in those countries.Kassir ruled out the possibility of Lebanon becoming another Iraq or Syria, which have been engulfed in sectarian violence for years.Hilal Khashan, professor of political science at the American University of Beirut, said he expected new bombings in Lebanon as a result of the spillover of the turmoil in Syria and Iraq.But he ruled out the possibility of Lebanon becoming another Iraq.
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