Shaar called on the media to be fairer in their portrayal of Tripoli. (The Daily Star/Stringer)
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The mufti of Tripoli and north Lebanon, Sheikh Malek Shaar, announced Sunday that the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria did not exist in Tripoli, saying that the city had never welcomed any terrorist ideology.Tripoli had witnessed years of armed clashes between the mostly Sunni Bab al-Tabbaneh neighborhood and its rival, Alawite-majority Jabal Mohsen.Many of the city's religious figures have attacked the Army and other state institutions over a perceived bias against Sunnis in the northern city.
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