Lebanese soldiers on armored personnel carrier patrol the area in Tripoli, Wednesday, April 2, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Tripoli has become a safe city.Political and military sources point out that the security plan carried out by the Army appears to be confined to raiding the homes of wanted men, particularly Sheikh Omar Bakri, who is currently on run, as well as militia leaders.Not giving the Army political cover, the sources said, would be the only way the security situation in Tripoli could deteriorate once more.The biggest winners of the security plan are the residents of Tripoli and north Lebanon, while its biggest losers are clearly the gunmen who abandoned their abode.Concerning the campaign that has been waged against the Army by MPs and religious figures in north Lebanon, sources believe that they were aimed to distract and confuse the military institution, so that Tripoli fighters who had escaped from Qalaat al-Hosn, no less than 150 out of 400, could return safely to the city without objection from the security forces.According to the sources, the Cabinet's plan has improved prospects for political moderation in Tripoli and north Lebanon, as political figures that were responsible for causing strife were forced to leave.
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