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Sunnis, on the other hand, try to move around Lebanon with their weapons. “So if they aren’t stopped, it would be a problem,” he said.

The army tiptoes around Hezbollah in part because forcing Shiite soldiers to battle the group could splinter the military. The army cleaved between Muslims and Christians during Lebanon’s 15-year civil war, which ended in 1990. Hezbollah officials also have worked closely with Lebanon’s military intelligence, Nerguizian said.

Some wonder how long the uneasy peace will last.

In Beirut, taxi driver Khaled sat with his friend Mohammed, 42, joking about nightclubs and cursing Shiites.

Both were army conscripts; despite their growing frustration, they supported the military - with a caveat.

“Nobody has the intention to harm the army,” Mohammed said. “As long as they don’t attack us.”