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On Monday June 27, eight suicide bombings struck the predominantly Christian town of Al-Qaa on the Lebanese border with Syria. Lebanese security officials believe the attacks to be the work of Daesh (ISIS), though the terrorist organization has not claimed responsibility. Whether or not Daesh was responsible, the attacks reflect a shift in terrorist tactics in Lebanon.On Monday morning, four suicide attacks rocked the town of Al-Qaa, located a few kilometers from the Syrian border. First, the suicide bombers intended to strike a much bigger target than Al-Qaa. According to an officer in the Lebanese Army intelligence interviewed on June 27, two cells were deployed in Al-Qaa Monday morning. Over 1.1 million Syrian refugees currently reside in Lebanon, of which around 400,000 are in the Bekaa and 250,000 in northern Lebanon. Security sources explain that areas of concern are those bordering Syria that can be easily infiltrated by militants, such as Wadi Khaled (in northern Lebanon), Masharih al-Qaa (located next to the town of Al-Qaa in the Bekaa) and Arsal (also in the Bekaa).
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