Lebanon & Syria

September 16, 2014

There are currently 1.6 million refugees in Lebanon, with 1.2 million registered with the UNHCR (File/AFP)
09:38 GMT

Lebanon will need up to $1 billion to cope with the mass influx of Syrian refugees in the country, according to a government official.

Lebanon's army will internally prepare for an renewed assault in the border town of Arsal, after clashes last month (File/AFP)
08:17 GMT

Lebanon will increase security along the border with Syria as part of a global contribution against Islamic State militants, according to an analyst.

September 15, 2014

Security has been tight since Syria's three-year civil war spilled over to Lebanon (File/AFP)
11:14 GMT

Lebanese authorities have rejected suggestions to collaborate with the Syrian regime to combat Islamic State militants.

September 14, 2014

Resistance bloc member Nawwaf Musawi called on political members to "delay our political disputes" in the fight against terrorism (AFP/ File Archive).
15:41 GMT

Hezbollah called for unifying Lebanese politics as one to stand against terrorism.

September 13, 2014

The border town of Arsal has seen a heightened level of violence in recent weeks, as clashes between armed opposition groups, Lebanese security personal and Syrian refugees end in bloodshed and abductions. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT

A security source in Arsal said a Lebanese man was taken by gunmen in the Arsal Saturday morning, continuing a long string of violent attacks in the embattled border town.

September 12, 2014

Lebanese troops will receive arms and other military equipment from Washington to help fight the looming threat of insurgency by the IS. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT

U.S. ambassador David Hale said Friday the U.S. would provide weapons and other equipment needed to help fend off threats Islamic State insurgency in Lebanon.

Syriac leaders say Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea showed willingness to help facilitate host of Iraqi Christians in Lebanon. (AFP/File)
11:09 GMT

Syriac leaders met with Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea hoping to secure a save haven in Lebanon for Iraqi Christians fleeing the Islamic State.

A delegation of Eastern church patriarchs in Lebanon met with Obama Thursday to discuss safety from the IS for Christians across the Middle East. (AFP/File)
06:58 GMT

Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai said Thursday U.S. President Barack Obama would help shield Lebanon from regional turmoil.

September 11, 2014

Lebanese army soldiers drive out of the town of Arsal in the Bekaa valley near the border with Syria. [AFP]
12:03 GMT

At least four Hezbollah fighters were killed overnight Wednesday during clashes with jihadists on the outskirts of a Lebanese border village in the Bekaa Valley, security sources told The Daily Star Thursday.

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah. [AFP]
10:36 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obarma is not determined to crush ISIS terrorists, Hezbollah deputy leader Sheikh Naim Qassem said.

September 10, 2014

Lebanon's army stepped up security along the country's border with Syria since clashes erupted with Nusra Front and ISIS last month (File/AFP)
14:46 GMT

Providing weapons to Lebanon has been prioritized and delivery should be imminent, the French Ministry said.

September 9, 2014

Foreign ministers reconvene during an Arab League meeting in Egypt, September 7, 2014 (File/AFP)
07:33 GMT

The Arab League backed Lebanon in the country's ongoing battle with rising terrorism, emphasizing the need to support the army against ISIS and Nusra Front.

September 8, 2014

Mehdi Nemmouche, a 29-year-old of French-Algerian origin (pictured here) was one of the hostage's captors, and is also a suspect in the attack on a Jewish museum in Brussels which killed four people (Benoit Peyrucq/ AFP).
16:08 GMT

A French journalist held hostage in Aleppo has alleged that one of his captors was a Frenchman suspected of an attack on a Jewish museum in Brussels.

Lebanon hosts over 1 million Syrian refugees. (AFP/File)
14:12 GMT

Syrian refugees in a southern village in Lebanon have been given 48 hours to leave.

The body of Lebanese soldier, Ali Sayyed, who was also beheaded by Islamic State, is carried by mourners September 3, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:51 GMT

The family of a Lebanese soldier who was beheaded by Islamic State extremists appealed for calm in the town of Ansar Sunday, following sectarian violence after his killing.