File - Lebanese Army soldiers inspect the damage following a raid on an apartment in the northern town of Asoun October 23, 2014. REUTERS/Omar Ibrahim
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Ahed was the neighbor who saw it all, but nearly two weeks after the Army dismantled an alleged ISIS cell next door, he is still reluctant to detail what happened that inauspicious Thursday morning.Zakaria, the clerk by the counter, said the raid had shocked the residents of Asoun, a small town in Dinnieh that suspected senior ISIS member Ahmad Salim Mikati had tactically chosen to serve as his base, according to the Army's account.The raid was believed to have sparked the four-day clashes in Tripoli and Akkar that weekend between Islamist militants and the Army.Mikati confessed that he was planning, among other things, to create safe zones for ISIS militants trapped in Qalamoun, of which his son Omar and nephew Bilal belong, in the Dinnieh villages of Bakhoun, Bqaa Sifrin, Seer Dinnieh and Asoun. Municipalities complain of chronic underfunding – Abdel-Kader said Asoun needs three times more than its annual budget of LL150 million to function – and the U.N. Development Project classified 60 percent of Dinnieh's residents as deprived and often victims of natural disasters.
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