Lebanon & Syria

August 20, 2014

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.

Lebanese soldiers stand guard in the streets of Arsal, August 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:35 GMT

Lebanon's army requested fixed-wing aircrafts from the U.S. to support troops battling extremists in and around the border town of Arsal, an official said.

August 16, 2014

An LAF tank outside Arsal. (AFP)
14:22 GMT

Lebanese PM Tammam Salam reassured relatives of kidnapped soldiers and police officers Saturday that the state was exerting all efforts possible to secure the release of their loved ones.

Aid workers brought food, supplies, and medical assistance to Tfail in April. (AFP/File)
11:28 GMT

The mayor of Tfail said Saturday that the Syrian army ordered residents to evacuate in 48 hours before the military shells the tiny eastern border village in Lebanon.

Lebanese army tanks deploy in the Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen neighborhoods. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
08:07 GMT

French authorities are seeking to provide the Lebanese army with used weapons under a $3 billion deal financed by Saudi Arabia, the Kuwaiti al-Anbaa newspaper reported on Saturday.

August 15, 2014

Lebanon's PM Tammam Salam spoke to an Arsal delegate Friday and vowed to find solutions for the depleted town's growing refugee population.
13:48 GMT

After a bloody battle between the Lebanese army and Syrian militants in Arsal, Lebanon PM Salam spoke Friday about rebuilding the town and addressing a growing number of Syrian refugees he said were partially to blame.

August 14, 2014

Militants fought fierce battles with the army last week. (AFP/File)
12:08 GMT

Lebanon charged 43 jihadists Thursday over gun battles with the Lebanese Army in Arsal.

A Syrian man walks with crutches through an Arsal refugee camp which was partially burnt during clashes between the Lebanese army and ISIS militants, August 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:52 GMT

Radical militant group ISIS released a video of Lebanese soldiers held hostage in Arsal. The soldiers were captured during army clashes with ISIS, which began August 2.

August 13, 2014

27 gay men were arrested on charges of being gay in a Beirut neighborhood. Rights-groups have condemned the arrests and are calling for their immediate release. (AFP/File)
18:24 GMT

AfterBeirut police raid a Turkish-style hammam in Beirut and arrest 27, local NGOs condemn charges as rights violations.