File - Lebanese soldiers on armored vehicles patrol the northern city of Tripoli, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. (The Daily Star/Antoine Amrieh)
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After months of relative calm, unrest appears to be returning to Tripoli, as extremist groups are increasingly posing a threat and residents are bracing for the possible consequences of a combination of internal developments.Dabboussi believes that Tripoli can rise again and regain its economic position as long as one condition is met.In addition to the Chamber's existing plans to reactivate Tripoli's different facilities, Dabboussi is working on getting parts of Tripoli included in a government decree that would exempt the area's economic investments from taxes.It has been rumored that to combat this, many of the imprisoned Bab al-Tabbaneh militia commanders will be released, in the hope that they will stem the rising takfiri phenomenon emerging in Tripoli, though residents are predictably skeptical as to whether this will work.This visit, according to Dabboussi, is evidence that although the city desperately needs a comprehensive plan to strengthen it against future threats, there's hope yet for Tripoli.
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