Lebanon & Syria
October 14, 2014
The Islamic State released footage of a Lebanese soldier allegedly defecting to join the militant group. Security forces carried out raids in the soldier's town of Dweir Adawiyeh after the video was released.
Grand Mufti of Lebanon Sheikh Abdul-Latif Derian condemned Muslim extremists and said "our Islam is not terrorist," during a conference Tuesday.
October 13, 2014
Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri will meet Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai in Rome Monday for talks centering on the nearly 5-month-old presidential deadlock, Future MP Ammar Houri said Sunday.
October 12, 2014
Protesters mostly hailing from the Kurdish region in Syria took to the streets in Beirut Sunday to protest international handling of Kobani, particularly in Turkey, where the borders have been closed and government authorities have ignored UN urges to intervene in the border town.
A third Lebanese soldier has reportedly defected to join IS ranks, adding to a feared surge of defectors following the recent IS and Nusra call for Sunni soldiers to leave posts and join extremist ranks.
After defecting from the Lebanese Army and joining the al-Qaeda linked Nusra Front, a Lebanse man remains with the militant group as his family pleads for his return.
October 10, 2014
Masked gunmen in Lebanon's Tripoli attacked three army posts overnight, prompting soldiers to retaliate with gunfire, security sources said.
October 9, 2014
Hezbollah said they captured a strategic Nusra Front post Thursday in after advancing on several of the group's border posts in east Lebanon. Later, Nusra released a video purporting the capture of one Hezbollah fighter.
A Lebanese Army post in the northeastern border town of Arsal came under fire from a Syrian refugee camp Thursday.
A Lebanese soldier was shot dead by two gunmen on a motorcycle Thursday in the northern town of Rihaniyeh, security sources reported.
October 8, 2014
Israel Tuesday used cluster bombs to attack Lebanon, a joint committee comprised of the Lebanese Army, UNIFIL and civilians determined Wednesday after carrying out field inspections on the southern border.
Britain's ambassador to Lebanon announced plans to increase military aid and support to the country's army as clashes against extremists along the border with Syria are on the rise.
Hezbollah claimed responsibility for planting a bomb near the south Lebanon border Tuesday.
October 6, 2014
Five fighters from the resistance group Hezbollah were killed following intense clashes with Nusra Front militants along Lebanon's eastern border.
October 5, 2014
Thirteen militants and two Hezbollah fighters were killed in fierce fighting near the Lebanese-Syrian border.