Supporters of an Islamic group carry flags and shout slogans during a protest against the Syrian regime, in the northern city of Tripoli, Friday, Feb. 10, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The killing of Badr Eid has Tripoli residents on high alert, and many believe that the current period of calm cannot last. A number of high profile security incidents have raised tensions in the city, and local youths continue to join extremist groups amid the ongoing crisis in Syria. Atar is believed to have taken part in the execution of the soldier Ali al-Sayyed, who was among the security personnel taken hostage in August last year, when militants from ISIS and the Nusra Front briefly overran the northeastern town of Arsal.Perhaps most significantly, residents are increasingly concerned about the number of youths who have left to join ISIS and the Nusra Front. Around 400 people from the north have allegedly gone missing and are believed to have joined extremist groups, according to a prominent security source. As more young people become affiliated with extremist groups in Tripoli, suspicion has grown among the city's residents.Khayal, who hailed from Mankoubeen, was described by the neighbors as religiously committed; it wasn't until Khayal became upset with his treatment by security forces that he decided to join Nusra.
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