Lebanon hit: Hard by Syrian war, growing ISIL support

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_LYB130412MG002.jpegBEIRUT, Lebanon — For more than two decades, the whirr of cranes and the hum of bulldozers have resounded through this capital city, as shiny new skyscrapers went up and buildings pock-marked by bullets and bombs came down.

The redevelopment of Beirut's downtown was intended to heal wounds from Lebanon's 15-year civil war, with hopes to draw back the international jet-setters and high-fliers who frequented its swanky bars and exclusive beach clubs before the city center was reduced to rubble.

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