LEBANON - The war against Sunni terrorism is Lebanon's main news for 2014 [AN]


Talks to trade Islamist detainees for 30 captured soldiers and police officers are evidence of how the authorities are unable to elaborate a clear strategy to free the hostages, powerless vis-à-vis the execution of soldiers. This failure underscores the country’s sectarian divisions in which each group tries to free its own hostages. It also shows how the legal state has failed to enforce its authority militarily, especially since its military forces lack the necessary equipment and intelligence to mount operations against jihadist strongholds.


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