ISIS Surges Have Lebanon in Their Crosshairs

Recent Bombings Underscore ISIS Intentions to Strike

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) makes no bones about its ongoing territorial ambitions, and that has put both Iraq and Syria on their heels fighting them, and Jordan scrambling to defend its border.

But it may be Lebanon that is in the crosshairs for the next surge in strikes, and ISIS confirmed three bombings against targets in Lebanon in a five day span were all their handiwork, suggesting that surge may already be beginning.

The bombings have targeted tourist sites and Shi’ite neighborhoods, in and around Beirut, with ISIS particularly keen to target Hezbollah targets in the area,  as a Shi’ite militia opposed to their surge.

Lebanese officials are also warning that Lebanon is seeing a growing number of foreign jihadists flocking there on their way to Syria and Iraq, and the country could end up being a staging area for ISIS and other factions in the region.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of