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Lebanon’s army told to take over Tripoli

Syrian civil war sparks series of sectarian clashes

TRIPOLI, Lebanon — The Lebanese government authorized the army on Monday to take control of the northern city of Tripoli for six months after three days of sectarian clashes, a decision meant to allay fears that fighting in the nation’s second-largest city was spiraling out of control.

Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati made the announcement after a security meeting at the presidential palace, saying the army has been empowered to take necessary measures to keep the peace.

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