Some Chris­tians arm as Mideast per­ils mount

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

QAA, Le­banon (AP) — Ev­ery day around sun­set, dozens of res­i­dents of this small Le­banese Christian vil­lage on the bor­der carry their au­to­matic ri­fles and de­ploy on sur­round­ing hills, tak­ing up po­si­tions and lay­ing am­bushes in case Mus­lim ex­trem­ists from neigh­bor­ing Syria at­tack.

“We all know that if they come, they will slit our throats for no rea­son,” said one vil­lager as he drove through the streets of Qaa, an as­sault ri­fle rest­ing next to him.

For months, Le­banese Chris­tians have watched with dread as other Chris­tians flee Is­lamic ex­trem­ists in Syria and Iraq, fear­ing their turn will come next.

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