Lebanese soldiers inspect the site of the suicide bombing in Tripoli, Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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BEIRUT: The verdict on Saturday night's shock attack on a cafe in an Alawite Tripoli neighborhood was clear: Lebanon, get ready, this is the beginning of a whole new wave of violence with deep-reaching effects on several issues.Bombers Taha Samir al-Khayal and Bilal Mohammad al-Mariyan, he added, had reportedly been growing closer to ISIS.While that strategy was a constant for most of last year, Nusra Front also appears to be changing some of its tactics.The attack comes just over six months after the last bombing in Lebanon, when a Saudi blew himself up to avoid capture at the Duroy Hotel in Beirut's Raouche.Last year saw 10 deadly attacks on various military and civilian targets across the country. Nusra Front and other militant groups would continue to attack Lebanon for two reasons, Nader said: this weakness, and the opportunity to stake out new territory.One thing that does seem to be certain is that the attack will affect negotiations to free 25 captured servicemen being held by ISIS and the Nusra Front.
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