Lebanon & Syria

December 14, 2014

Pro-government forces captured territory north of Aleppo. (AFP/File)
18:50 GMT

Syrian forces seized territory north of Aleppo, while rebel forces capture three government checkpoints.

New demands have been issued for the servicemen's release, including the release of ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's ex-wife, who is currently in Lebanese custody. (AFP/File)
14:12 GMT

Militants still holding 25 Lebanese servicemen captive have appointed a new mediator to handle negotiations following the withdrawal f Qatar's mediator originally tasked with the talks.

Family members of captive Lebanese servicemen demonstrate for their safe return. At least 25 are still being held captive by Nusra Front and ISIL militants, who are calling for a massive prisoner exchange. (AFP/File)
11:33 GMT

After being approached and detailed by gunman while trying to deliver Qatari-sent aid to Syrian refugees, a resident of the northeastern Lebanese border town of Arsal was released Saturday, according to security sources.

Lebanese authorities have cracked down on Islamists in recent months amid rising tensions following the October attacks in Tripoli. (AFP/File)
10:58 GMT

Three suspected militants were arrested during a raid by the Lebanese army over their alleged involvement in October clashes with army personnel is Lebanon's Tripoli.

December 12, 2014

ISIL began taking over multiple cities in Iraq and Syria in June. (AFP/File)
19:38 GMT

The sister-in-law of ISIL commander Anas Sharkas, better known by his nom de guerre Abu Ali al-Shishani, has been arrested in the Bekaa Valley, her husband told The Daily Star Friday.

December 10, 2014

Lebanon has been without a president since May 25 when Michel Sleiman's six-year term ended. (Photo: AFP/Patrick Baz)
11:17 GMT

Speaker Nabih Berri Wednesday postponed to Jan. 7 Lebanon's presidential election after Parliament failed for a 16th time to elect a new head of state as the country marks 200 days without a president.

An ISIS commander whose wife was recently arrested by the Lebanese Army has called on jihadi militants to fight Hezbollah inside Lebanon. (Photo: AFP)
09:44 GMT

An ISIS commander whose wife was recently arrested by the Lebanese Army has called on jihadi militants to fight Hezbollah inside Lebanon, accusing the Lebanese government of being an accomplice to the powerful movement.

Saja al-Dulaimi was formally arrested with Palestinian husband Kamal Khalaf on Tuesday in Lebanon. (AFP/File)
08:30 GMT

Lebanon has announced the formal arrest of ISIL chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi over terrorism-related charges, after conflicting reports of the release of 25 Lebanese hostages being held by militants.

December 7, 2014

A man walks through a makeshift refugee camp, which was burnt down in the Bekaa Valley, December 2, 2013. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT

Tents belonging to Syrian refugees were set on fire by unknown assailants Sunday in the northern region of Akkar.

At least four Lebanese soldiers have been killed by militant groups in recent months. (AFP/File)
08:21 GMT

Nusra Front militants claimed responsibility for killing a captured Lebanese policeman after the victim's body was found in Bekaa Valley.

The Lebanese army operation comes after a military patrol unit was ambushed by militants Tuesday, leaving six Lebanese soldiers dead. (AFP/File)
07:11 GMT

Lebanese troops hit several militant hideouts on the outskirts of Arsal Saturday using heavy artillery fire and drone support. The border town has been the sight of brutal clashes with ISIL and Nusra militants during the last several months, most recently when a military patrol unit was ambushed and six soldiers killed Tuesday.

December 4, 2014

Seven Lebanese soldiers were killed in attacks by militants on the border with Syria this week. (AFP/File)
08:31 GMT

Lebanon's army declared an open-ended war against jihadi militants on the border with Syria following the deaths of seven soldiers during attacks this week.

December 2, 2014

Lebanon's army faced intense battles with militants in the border town of Arsal this year. (AFP/file)
20:30 GMT

At least seven Lebanese soldiers have been killed in clashes with militants near the border with Syria.

November 30, 2014

The Syrian city of Raqqa has seen airstrikes from both the US-led coalition and the Syrian government in recent weeks.  (AFP/File)
14:58 GMT

In one of the largest missions of the US-led campaign so far, a monitor reported at least 30 ISIL targets in Raqqa were hit by airstrikes late Saturday.

Arsal has been the site of fierce clashes between militants and Lebanese authorities over the last several months. (AFP/File)
08:39 GMT

The Lebanese army said it dismantled a bomb and an anti-tank land mine after discovering them on the outskirts of the border town of Arsal.