Extensive damage in the neighborhood of Bab al-Tabbaneh in Tripoli. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Despite the increased Army presence in Bab al-Tabbaneh and the constant raids since the disappearance of Islamist Shadi Mawlawi on Oct. 20, the impoverished, largely Sunni neighborhood of Tripoli is still on edge.According to the same source, reports indicate that fugitives Mawlawi and his partner in crime Osama Mansour – both of whom are believed to be linked to Al-Qaeda – are still in Bab al-Tabbaneh or in the surrounding areas. Their presence was one of the main reasons that Tripoli exploded into violence last month. "Wait for a statement from us concerning the identities of those who sold off the Sunni men in Tripoli, who failed them, who conspired against them and who took their weapons from them [and gave them to the government]". He also accused Tripoli preachers of conspiring against Sunni men. Tripoli militia commanders who turned themselves in to the authorities in the wake of the security crackdown in April have decided to turn against the politicians who previously protected them and incited them to fight residents of Jabal Mohsen, and are waging an attack against them in the media.
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