Lebanon

August 6, 2014

Lebanese soldiers exit the town of Arsal near the Syrian border on August 5, 2014, on the fourth day of fierce fighting against Islamist militants in the area. [AFP]
08:43 GMT

A large number of Islamist militants withdrew overnight from the embattled northeastern town of Arsal as mediation efforts continued to end the fighting with the Lebanese Army, a Future Movement official said Wednesday.

August 5, 2014

Lebanese troops are deployed in the Lebanese town of Arsal on the border with Syria on March 19, 2014. (AFP)
19:01 GMT

An commander for extremist group the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, allegedly responsible for rigging vehicles with explosives for attacks in Lebanon, was killed in ongoing clashes in Arsal

Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun (File/AFP)
17:05 GMT

Michel Aoun declared on Tuesday that he had long warned against holding negotiations with terrorists fighting the army in the northeastern town of Arsal.

Lebanese army checkpoint in Arsal. (AFP).
16:41 GMT

Hezbollah Tuesday denied its fighters intervened in the ongoing clashes between the Lebanese Army and militants from Syria in Arsal, and commended the government for its unified stance in support of the military.

King Abdullah spoke with former President Michel Sleiman on Tuesday, voicing support for Lebanon's army against terrorists (File/AFP)
13:46 GMT

Saudi's King Abdullah pledged to speed up military assistance to the Lebanese army in a bid to tackle dangerous clashes with militants in Arsal.

Hassan Nasrallah also backed his ally Michel Aoun for the Lebanese presidency (File/AFP)
10:10 GMT

Leader of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, said he expected the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria to fail and that the extremist organization would not advance in Lebanon.

August 4, 2014

Can you see the resemblance? (Image: Albawaba edit)
12:01 GMT

There's a new girl in town, her name is Jihane Fares and rumor has it that she looks exactly like Lebanese superstar Elissa!

Lebanese security forces stand on the outskirts of Arsal, close to the Syrian border, Aug 3, 2014 (File/AFP)
08:39 GMT

Violence continues to erupt in the border town of Arsal. Since the Syrian war began, it spilled into Lebanon and had detrimental consequences for the entire region.

Mashrou' Leila rocked the stage at Zouk Festival this week. (Image: The Daily Star/Press Photo Agency, HO)
08:23 GMT

Rock band Mashrou' Leila were the main attraction at Zouk Festival this week, despite a local politician's pre-concert campaign to try and prevent them from performing at the event.

At least 11 Lebanese soldiers were killed in Arsal. (AFP/File)
07:35 GMT

The Lebanese army continues to battle militants in Arsal in spillover violence from the war in Syria.

Investigators gather evidence at the crash site of the Air Algerie flight AH5017 in Mali's Gossi region, on July 29, 2014. (AFP/Sia Kambou)
05:00 GMT

A Lebanese delegation sent to Mali to investigate the crash of the Air Algerie flight arrived back in Beirut Sunday, saying that efforts to transport the victim’s remains and test DNA samples were far from over.

August 3, 2014

Lebanese troops deploy in the border town of Arsal on March 19th after reopening the main road out of town, which had been sealed off by residents of the neighbouring town of Labweh. (AFP)
17:09 GMT

The Nusra Front denied Sunday involvement in the Arsal clashes in east Lebanon, and said detained battalion commander Imad Jomaa was not a member.

The LAF dismantle a car rigged with explosives in Arsal. (AFP PHOTO).
15:47 GMT

Gen. Jean Kahwagi Sunday said attacks on Arsal were premeditated, refuting claims that the militant attack was driven by the detention of Imad Jomaa.