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ICC Note: For Lebanon’s Christian community, the fear of spillover from Syria into Lebanon remains a constant threat. As militant groups battle the forces of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, Islamic extremists make up a significant portion of their forces. The fears remain that Lebanon – and particularly Lebanon’s Christians – could become a target for these extremists.

11/24/2014 Lebanon (Daily Star) Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea assured Monday residents of the Christian town of al-Qaa on the northeast border with Syria that the Lebanese Army has taken security measures to shield them from violence spilling across the border.

“There is no danger to the town of al-Qaa and the adjacent villages of Ras Baalbek and Jdeideh, as the Army has enforced the necessary measures in order to confront (any possible) threat,” Geagea told a delegation from al-Qaa who visited him at his residence in Maarab.

“The Army is ready and determined to assume their role, and the Lebanese Forces will extend as much support to them as possible,” Geagea said.

Geagea assured that the LF leadership was watching closely the developments in the border region and following up on any incident with the Army’s command.

“The Lebanese Forces never forgot this region which is very dear to our hearts, and will continue, as always, to look after it in all aspects,” Geagea added.

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