Lebanon & Syria

August 30, 2014

Forty-four UN peacekeepers were taken hostage earlier this week when armed al-Nusra militants stormed the Golan border amid heavy clashes with government forces.  (AFP/Jack Guez)
13:54 GMT

Fiji military officials said Saturday the 44 peacekeeper soldiers captured by al-Nusra militants earlier this week have been moved out of UN territory to an unknown location.

Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said militants should heed government warning that actions against Lebanese soldiers will threaten Syrian refugees. (AFP/File)
13:18 GMT

After an IS threat to kill nine captured Lebanese soldiers this week, Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk gave an "implicit warning" to militants that actions were threatening more than a million Syrian refugees taking refuge in the country.

Nine captive Lebanese soldiers appeared in an IS video Friday pleading for the Lebanese government to agree to the release of jihadi prisoners to avoid IS threats to execute them. (AFP/File)
08:45 GMT

A new video released by the IS Friday said the group would kill nine captive Lebanese soldiers in the next three days if the government does not release Islamist prisoners in Roumieh jail.

August 29, 2014

ISIS claimed it beheaded a Peshmerga fighter in graphic video and threatened 14 others. [Youtube]
07:34 GMT

The ISIL group has released a video purportedly showing the beheading of a Kurdish man in the city of Mosul.

August 28, 2014

Lebanon Education Minister Bou Saab said Thursday the country's clashes with Islamist militants has become a 'state of war.' (AFP/File)
16:31 GMT

Amid renewed Arsal violence, Education Minister Elias Bou Saab said Thursday the situation between Lebanon and thousands of Syrian militants who've crossed over from Syria is a 'state of war'.

Two Syrians were issued arrest warrants Thursday in Lebanon on charges of belonging to a terror group and plotting the Arsal attack. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT

In what Lebanon claims to be two separate cases, a Lebanese judge issued warrants form two Syrian nationals. The first is alleged ISIS commander Imad Ahmad Jomaa and the second is Ahmad Jomaa. Sources say the two men are not connected.

Lebanese army checkpoint in Arsal. [AFP]
12:11 GMT

The Lebanese Army clashed with Syrian rebels Thursday after the military shelled the militants' hideouts in the outskirts of the northeastern border region of Arsal.

Israeli police car [AFP]
09:40 GMT

Shin Bet says four Arab citizens known by authorities to be reputed drug dealers were arrested for business ties to narcotics traffickers in Lebanon.

Rebel fighters walk holding their weapons to a position on a front-line in a rebel-held suburb of Damascus on August 23, 2014. [AFP]
09:31 GMT

Syria is willing to help Lebanon in its fight against Islamist militants, Syrian Ambassador Ali Abdul-Karim Ali said in remarks published Thursday.

03:27 GMT

Spokesman for rebel group operating in area, says at least six rebels killed in latest fighting near Golan Heights.

Assad formed his new government that consists of 11 new ministers. [AFP]
03:05 GMT

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has formed a new government less than three months after being re-elected for a third term.

August 27, 2014

This undated file image posted on a militant website on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows fighters from the al-Qaida linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) marching in Raqqa, Syria. [AP]
18:21 GMT

New pictures posted on social media show the ISIL Takfiri terrorists summarily executing several Syrian government soldiers in the country’s troubled northeast.

Picture distributed by the Islamic State, showing militants including a commander known as Abu Waheeb. [Mashable]
16:57 GMT

ISIL militants have reportedly threatened to attack Saudi Arabia during Eid-Adha (the Feast of Sacrifice) that marks the culmination of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, a report says.

The air strikes were targeting militants hiding out along the border. (AFP/File)
11:39 GMT

Syrian warplanes launched air strikes on Arsal, Lebanon Wednesday.

Western countries are deeply concerned about the growing number of westerners traveling to Iraq and Syria to fight. (AFP/File)
10:43 GMT

At least fifteen Australian citizens were killed fighting alongside terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq.