This picture taken on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, shows the burned car of Hisham al-Mughayar, 45, the father of the suicide bomber Nidal al-Mughayar, which was torched in the southern village of Bisariyeh, Lebanon. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)
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BISARIYEH, Lebanon: The once-tranquil, religiously mixed village of Bisariyeh is seething: Two of its young men who fought alongside the rebels in Syria recently returned home radicalized and staged suicide bombings in Lebanon.The phenomenon is being watched anxiously across the Mideast, particularly in Saudi Arabia, where authorities are moving decisively to prevent citizens from going off to fight in Syria. In the past few months, at least five Sunni men have disappeared from Bisariyeh, an impoverished, predominantly Shiite village in south Lebanon, and are believed to have gone to fight in Syria.More recently, at the urging of Saudi preachers and even judges, thousands of fighters from Saudi Arabia -- home to a strict, puritanical strain of Sunni Islam -- have joined the 3-year-old uprising against Assad, whose government is dominated by members of his Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shiite Islam.Saudi officials said fewer than 3,000 Saudis are believed to be fighting in Syria, but analysts and other estimates put the figure as high as 15,000 . Tens of thousands of foreign fighters have flocked to Syria to take part in the war to topple Assad. Thousands of Shiites, including Hezbollah fighters from Lebanon, have rushed to Assad's defense.
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