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As Syria fights, sectarian wave rises in region

Conflict widens and reignites old Mideast rivalries

BAGHDAD — Renewed sectarian killing has brought the highest death toll in Iraq in five years. Young Iraqi scholars at a Shi’ite Muslim seminary volunteer to fight Sunnis in Syria. Far to the west, in Lebanon, clashes have worsened between opposing sects in the northern city of Tripoli.

In Syria itself, “Shi’ites have become a main target,” said Jad, an opposition activist visiting Lebanon from a rebel-held Syrian town, Qusair, whose brother died Tuesday battling Shi’ite guerrillas from the Lebanese militia Hezbollah. “People lost brothers, sons, and they’re angry,” Jad said, using a nickname for safety.

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