Lebanon & Syria

October 14, 2014

A total number of four Lebanese soldiers have now defected to join extremist groups (File/AFP)
17:45 GMT

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 Sheikh Abdul-Latif Derian said there is a difference between Muslims and Islamist militants (File/AFP)
16:59 GMT

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 Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri leaves at the end of a meeting with the French president at the Elysee Palace in Paris on October 7, 2014 (Alain Jocard/ AFP).
19:00 GMT

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

Kurds across Europe and the Middle East have grown increasingly frustrated with international inaction in Kobani, sparking widespread, sometimes violent protests. (AFP/File)
12:48 GMT

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.

News of the soldier's defection first surfaced in a video late Saturday, in which he says his decision is the result of Lebanon's 'mass detention of Sunnis.' (AFP/File)
09:28 GMT

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.

Earlier this week, IS and Nusra militants called on Sunni soldiers to defect from their posts and join extremist ranks in Syria and Iraq. (AFP/File)
07:05 GMT

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

Lebanon's army has faced a wave of attacks from extremist groups in recent months (File/AFP)
10:21 GMT

Masked gunmen in Lebanon's Tripoli attacked three army posts overnight, prompting soldiers to retaliate with gunfire, security sources said.

October 9, 2014

In addition to today's clashes, fighting along the Syrian border has picked up again in the last weeks, leaving at least eight Hezbollah fighters and 15 Nusra fighters dead. (AFP/File)
14:20 GMT

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.

Lebanese soldiers reportedly returned fire and are now trying to identify the shooters. (AFP/File)
12:58 GMT

A Lebanese Army post in the northeastern border town of Arsal came under fire from a Syrian refugee camp Thursday.

Lebanese security sources say another soldier was injured in the attack (File/AFP)
10:50 GMT

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

Lebanon launched 23 shells near the Shebaa hills at a rate of about three shells per minute. [AFP]
19:09 GMT

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.

Lebanon's army has sought help from the international community in recent months against jihadists on the border with Syria (File/AFP)
13:09 GMT

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.

The blast wounded two Israeli soldiers. (AFP/File)
07:22 GMT

Hezbollah claimed responsibility for planting a bomb near the south Lebanon border Tuesday.

October 6, 2014

Mourners carry the coffin of a Hezbollah fighter who was killed in Qalamun mountains following clashes with IS, September 23, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:26 GMT

Five fighters from the resistance group Hezbollah were killed following intense clashes with Nusra Front militants along Lebanon's eastern border.

October 5, 2014

Hezbollah allegedly captured five militants during the battle. (AFP/File)
18:23 GMT

Thirteen militants and two Hezbollah fighters were killed in fierce fighting near the Lebanese-Syrian border.