File - A general view of the northern city of Tripoli, Tuesday, July 12, 2011. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Despite their brutal conservative rule in Syria and reports of mass executions of Iraqi soldiers, the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, or simply ISIS, succeeded in their attack due to help from frustrated Sunni tribes and former members of Iraq's Baath Party. The development has left many worried that their success could be replicated in neighboring countries, such as in Lebanon where parts of the country's significant Sunni population has long shown frustration over Shiite party Hezbollah's involvement in Syria. Yet despite this resentment, analysts and Sunni political and religious figures insist ISIS has no presence among Lebanese and will not find a major support base here. Although in the minority, Basha represents an increasingly frustrated portion of the Sunni population that could provide willing recruits if ISIS did make a move in the country.For the moment, however, experts refute the idea that ISIS may gain a foothold in the country.
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