Lebanon & Syria

September 28, 2014

Lebanese activists vowed to file a lawsuit against the journalist for his remarks. (AFP/File)
19:10 GMT

A group of Lebanese activists held a protest at the offices of al-Jazeera in Beirut over anti-army remarks made by an al-Jazeera journalist over the weekend.

Multiple Lebanese soldiers were kidnapped during clashes on the border with Syria. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT

A Lebanese MP announced that the Free Syrian Army has saved multiple Lebanese soldiers from their jihadist kidnappers.

Negotiation deal may be in the works for Lebanese hostages as PM Salam asks Turkey and Qatar to aid release efforts. (AFP/File)
09:49 GMT

Prime Minister Tammam Salam asked Qatar and Turkey to help secure the release of Lebanese hostages, saying Lebanon would support a negotiation deal.

September 26, 2014

Syrian protesters took to the streets of Arsal on Friday to voice anger against Lebanon's army crackdown (Image: The Daily Star)
15:07 GMT

Syrian refugees in the Lebanese border town of Arsal protested against the army following an ongoing crackdown on Islamist militants.

September 25, 2014

Syrian refugees in Arsal have been at the forefront of clashes between Lebanon's army and militants since last month (File/AFP)
14:31 GMT

Syrian refugees in Arsal reportedly raised the black flag of the extremist group the Islamic State in protest over the Lebanese army's crackdown on a nearby camp.

Lebanese army. [AFP]
12:27 GMT

Lebanon's army has detained about 450 suspected Islamist militants near its border with Syria, Lebanese security sources said on Thursday, as it steps up efforts to prevent them from using the frontier town of Arsal as a base.

September 24, 2014

President Obama met with representatives from five Arab nations that joined the US in Syrian airstrikes, as well as Iraq, during a meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting, September 23, 2014 (Saul Loeb/ AFP).
07:20 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obama will go before the United Nations General Assembly and seek specific promises of military, financial or humanitarian support from each country against the Islamic State.

Egypt has offered to train Lebanese soldiers to combat terrorism (File Archive/ AFP).
07:04 GMT

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has offered to train Lebanese soldiers tp combat terrorism and states that Lebanon is in need of support.

An image grab from Hezbollah's al-Manar TV shows Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Lebanon's militant Shiite Muslim movement Hezbollah, giving a televised address from an undisclosed location on September 23, 2014 in Lebanon (Al-Manar/ AFP).
06:53 GMT

Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said his group opposed U.S. military intervention in Syria, including airstrikes on IS targets

September 23, 2014

Tripoli has been rocked by turmoil related to the ongoing war in Syria. (AFP/File)
16:47 GMT

A group of armed men have attacked a Lebanese army post in Tripoli, killing one soldier.

September 22, 2014

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power chairing a UN Security Council meeting (Andrew Burton/ Getty Images North America/ AFP).
20:01 GMT

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power predicts that the U.S will not conduct unilateral airstrikes in Syria against the Islamic State.

Islamic State and Nusra Front militants battled with Lebanon's army in the border town of Arsal last month (File/AFP)
13:17 GMT

Lebanon's army and political factions are mobilizing to fight the security threat posed by extremist groups such as Islamic state and Nusra Front.

September 21, 2014

Al Hayat newspaper reported Sunday that Qatari officials in change of mediation warned the Lebanese government of Nusra's intent to execute soldiers. (AFP/File)
12:36 GMT

According to a report in Al-Hayat newspaper, Qatari officials told the Lebanese government the Nusra Front planned to begin executing soldiers "one after another" if prisoner release demands were not met.

An image grab taken from a video released by Al-Manara Al-Baydaa, the official media arm of Al-Nusra Front, and uploaded on YouTube on September 10, 2014. [AFP]
07:12 GMT

The Nusra Front claimed responsibility late Saturday for an attack that targeted a Hezbollah checkpoint in northeast Lebanon. The militant group said the attack destroyed one 57 millimeter cannon but did not elaborate.

September 20, 2014

Nusra Front released a video Saturday depicting the execution of a Lebanese captive and threatening another. (AFP/File)
15:40 GMT

The Nusra Front released a video Saturday depicting the execution of a Lebanese soldier captive and threatening the life of another policeman if Hezbollah continued what the group deems as attacks on the Sunni community.