Lebanon & Syria

August 7, 2014

Militants withdrew from Arsal early Thursday. (AFP/File)
20:04 GMT

The Committee of Muslim Scholars said negotiations were ongoing to release the captured soldiers held by jihadists since clashes erupted over the weekend.

Jordan harbors over 1 million refugees. (AFP/File)
18:32 GMT

Human Rights Watch accused Jordan of denying entry to or forcibly deporting Palestinian refugees.

Lebanon is home to over one million Syrian refugees. (AFP/File)
13:56 GMT

At least 1,000 Syrian refugee families were transported back to Syria with the help of Syrian and Lebanese authorities.

Lebanese residents of Arsal flee flighting between ISIS militants and government forces, Aug 4, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:37 GMT

Police in Lebanon's Arsal found at least 30 charred bodies in a Syrian refugee camp, a security source confirmed Thursday.

Lebanese soldiers enter Arsal in armoured personnel carriers as smoke billows in the background, Aug 6, 2014 (File/AFP)
07:12 GMT

ISIS militants agreed to leave the Lebanese border town of Arsal within 24 hours, according to a source while three additional captured soldiers were freed as part of the truce deal.

August 6, 2014

Lebanese soldiers drive armoured personnel carriers through the border town of Arsal, Aug 6, 2014 (File/AFP)
13:07 GMT

Lebanese forces continued to battle ISIS jihadists in the bordering town of Arsal Wednesday despite a withdrawal of Nusra Front militants from the area.

A Syrian boy, reportedly wounded in a Syrian army airstrike on Douma, a rebel-held town near Damascus, receives medical treatment at a hospital in Douma on August 5, 2014. [AFP]
12:11 GMT

At least 16 people, including two children, have been killed and dozens of others wounded in a shelling by foreign-backed militants targeting a number of areas in the Syrian capital, Damascus.

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.

Experts from the OPCW held a meeting in the Lebanese capital Beirut to discuss the destruction of 12 production sites in Syria over a six-month course. [AFP]
07:56 GMT

A group of chemical weapons experts is due to travel to Syria to continue the destruction of the country’s chemical capabilities.

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

Hezbollah says it's ready to fight militants threatening the Lebanese army in the north. (AFP/File)
14:50 GMT

Hezbollah offers to support for the Lebanese army against militants in the north.