File - Palestinian and Lebanese Islamists protest in the northern Palestinian refugee camp of Beddawi, Monday, Dec. 3, 2012. (The Daily Star/Stringer)
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In Beddawi, Lebanese military presence ends where the flutter of Al-Qaeda's, and now the Islamic State's, black and white flags begin.The area, particularly the neighborhood of Mankoubine, has a reputation in the last three years for being a wellspring of Lebanese jihadists, the families of whom remain insulated and highly suspicious of outsiders, especially the media.With the Army's security plan in effect, local sentiment toward the government has hardened, giving credence, as they see it, to conspiratorial notions about Iranian influence.Hay, better known with his nom du guerre Abu Hafes al-Lubnani (The Lebanese Abu Hafes), was one of five children. Dib's family has a long history of criminal activity.Dib says Hassan was in Lebanon temporarily, only crossing paths once. Dib also has two grandsons who carried out a joint suicide operation against Syrian regime forces in Qalaat al-Hosn, fighting for the now dismantled battalion Jund al-Sham.For Dib, the charges are an attack on his family by the authorities.
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