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FILE – In this January 2, 2014, file photo, Lebanese citizens gather at the site of an explosion in a stronghold of the Shiite Hezbollah group in the southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon. With a new label – the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – the global terror network al-Qaida is positioning itself as a vanguard defending a persecuted Sunni community against Shiite-dominated governments across Syria, Lebanon and Iraq. In Lebanon, where Iranian-backed Shiite Hezbollah guerrillas have flocked to Syria to shore up Assad’s forces, the “Islamic State” claimed responsibility for a suicide car bombing that killed five people in a Hezbollah bastion of the Lebanese capital for the first time last week. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)