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For three years, the Syrian war has fueled anti-army grievances among many Lebanese Sunnis, the large majority of whom support the revolution and claim the Lebanese military has grown too close to Hezbollah, a key backer of the Assad regime.Given Hezbollah's influence, the Lebanese Army has been unable to do much about its involvement in the Syrian war, fearing a domestic backlash if they arrest Hezbollah militants heading to Syria. Yet the military is able to crack down freely on Sunni jihadists because they do not have the support of any major Lebanese political force. Sunni jihadists, however, are unruly and do not seem to follow the leadership of the Sunni community.This growing enmity between the armed forces and Lebanese Sunnis predates the Syrian conflict. By 2013, the Lebanese Army was exchanging valuable security information with Hezbollah that allowed it to respond effectively to a number of threats.However, Sunni fears of the Army's bias toward Hezbollah were made worse by the latter's statement that its involvement in Syria was to protect Lebanon against the jihadist threat.
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