RUSI NewsbriefVOLUME 27ISSUE 9members only

Lebanon: Al-Qa’ida’s Next Front

There is a new generation of Jihadist Salafists determined to make Lebanon the frontline of the global jihad.

The recent conflict in north Lebanon appears to have finished, with a remarkable victory for the Lebanese Army. However, the importance of the ‘Jihadist’ Islamist groups remains undiminished and needs to be examined in detail. The Al-Sham States (Bilad al-Sham) is the ancient name for the region containing Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Palestine. It is a common term, repeated in Islamist discourse and scriptures. The region contains the two most significant symbols in Islamic

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