À lire absolument : Tripoli : Salafis Make Their Move
These are the facts on the ground in Tripoli. A reality considered by the Salafis to be the “minimum” of what it should be. Sources close to Salafi sheikhs say that they aim to keep control of the city.
Some put the crisis in the north as a sectarian issue, an attempt to put an end to the “victimization of the Sunnis.” But the more important reason behind the political turbulence is Tripoli’s geographic position in relation to “Syrian revolution.” Lebanon’s second largest city is in effect the backyard of the mobilization in Syria, specifically that of Homs.
The equation is clear. The security of Tripoli depends on the security of Homs and vice versa. For the “revolutionaries” in Homs, Tripoli is the most important city. It provides them with arms and supplies, and possibly even fighters. The Salafis and Islamists do not say so openly but this can be deduced from what is being said in their circles.
The “northern suburbs” project, to oppose Beirut’s “southern suburbs” where Hezbollah is headquartered, conceals a number of ideas promoted in the parlors of Salafis and others in the city – that Tripoli must be turned into a buffer zone for the Free Syrian Army (FSA).