A general view shows the entrance to the vegetable market in Tripoli, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. (The Daily Star/Antoine Amrieh)
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Tripoli is once again making headlines, and for all the wrong reasons, prompting locals to decry the authorities for chasing after the wrong people and failing to arrest the city's true troublemakers.Both deaths have been linked to notorious local Islamists Shadi al-Mawlawi and Osama Abu Mansour, both of whom are wanted by Lebanese authorities and are believed to be forming a group in Tripoli with ties to ISIS or the Nusra Front.There's a general sentiment among Tripoli residents that the Lebanese government isn't taking the necessary measures to preserve the city's stability and that militants are increasingly taking advantage of the security force's inability to stop them.Bab al-Tabbaneh residents say that Mawlawi and Mansour have been implementing their own rules at night, deploying masked armed men in the fractious neighborhood after darkness falls.Last month, the Internal Security Forces filed a lawsuit against journalist Ghassan Rifi, who criticized the agency for the way it prevented a Tripoli street vendor from working.The media has certainly played an important role is giving the northern city its current war-zone image, a constant source of irritation for Tripoli residents.
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