Lebanon & Syria

August 24, 2014

Without the grace period, Syrian refugees living illegally in Lebanon could face severe fines from the Lebanese government. (AFP/Hassan Jarah)
05:00 GMT

Syrian refugees living undocumented in Lebanon will be given a grace period fro Aug. 21 to Dec. 31 to move back to Syria without facing residency violation fines.

August 23, 2014

Nusra Front reportedly holds 15 ISF members and three soldiers from Lebanon. The video said their release depends on Hezbolla's exit from Syria. (AFP/File)
21:31 GMT

Islamist extremist group Nusra Front released a video Saturday of captured Lebanese soldiers and ISF members pleading with Hezbollah to leave Syria to ensure their safe release.

Commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi has faced criticism over waiting too long to send army forces into Arsal to defend against charging militants. (AFP/File)
09:31 GMT

Amid criticism about military handling of the Arsal battle with Syrian militants earlier in August, Lebanese army COmmader Gen. Jean Kahwagi refutes claims he used the battle for political gains.

August 22, 2014

An image grab from Hezbollah's al-Manar TV shows Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Lebanon's militant Shiite Muslim movement Hezbollah. [AFP]
13:39 GMT

Lebanon’s resistance movement Hezbollah has deplored as a “savage crime” the beheading of American journalist James Foley by an ISIL terrorist in a recently released video.

August 21, 2014

In its fourth year, the Syrian conflict has displaced more than 9 million Syrians and killed at least 180,000 people since March 2011. (AFP/Dimitar Dilkoff)
16:10 GMT

In a recent toll using data collected from sources on the group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports more than 180,000 conflict-related deaths in Syria since March 2011.

Lebanon's general strike aims to freeze government processes as the country remains deadlocked between election boycotts and delays. (AFP/File)
14:50 GMT

Amid frustration with public sector salaries, Lebanon prepares for a general strike Thursday.

August 20, 2014

Lebanon's army faced an intense battle with ISIS militants in the border town of Arsal earlier this month (File/AFP)
14:32 GMT

U.S. Republican Congressman Darrell Issa said his government would continue to support the Lebanese army during a meeting with officials Tuesday.

The ISIS trainer was killed in an operation carried out by Hezbollah forces, depicted below, and the Syrian army (AFP/ File Archive).
07:55 GMT

Hezbollah has killed an ISIS commander allegedly responsible for preparing suicide bombers for attacks in Lebanon, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Tuesday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday that there were at least 20,000 non-Syrians among ISIS (AFP/ File Archive).
07:19 GMT

The number of ISIS militants fighting against the Syrian government amounts to more than 50,000, according to a UK-based NGO.

August 19, 2014

The Ark Futura, a Danish-chartered cargo vessel which is assisting in the effort to extract Syrian chemical weapons from the country (File/AFP)
10:26 GMT

The Pentagon says a specially-equipped US ship has completed the neutralization of all the 600 metric tons of the most dangerous of Syria’s chemical weapons components.

The ban applies to all US-registered planes, commercial operators and FAA-licensed pilots. [FAA Website]
07:26 GMT

The United States has announced that Syrian airspace in not safe for American airlines due to the ongoing conflict in the country.

A dishevelled Haruna Yukawa, who has allegedly been kidnapped by ISIS (YouTube).
06:00 GMT

Japan's government is investigating a video posted online depicting a Japanese man apparently kidnapped by ISIS militants.

August 18, 2014

The captives  were distributed amongst militant groups from the Nusra Front as well as Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (AFP/ File Archive).
20:00 GMT

The Lebanese government on Monday received a list of demands from the militants who have held members of the Army and Internal Security Forces captive since the eruption of Arsal clashes.

Lebanon currently hosts over 1.3 million Syrian refugees, making up 27 percent of the population (File/AFP)
13:36 GMT

Lebanese authorities tightened controls on Syrian refugees in Bsharri after a wave of violence between militants and the army across Arsal earlier this month.

A Syrian boy walks through the remains of a refugee camp that was burnt during clashes with militants in Arsal, August 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
10:23 GMT

Militants freed two Lebanese soldiers who were kidnapped during clashes between extremists and the army in the border town of Arsal.