Lebanon & Syria

December 10, 2014

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.

November 29, 2014

The negotiations will take place with the use of a mediator to attempt to save the Lebanese captive Nusra has threatened to kill. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Lebanon's General Security Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim entered negotiations Friday with Nusra front to cancel the threatened execution of Lebanese hostage.

November 28, 2014

Nursra Front has been holding the Lebanese hostages for several months, following clashes in Arsal, and have demanded hefty prisoner swap deals to secure their release. (AFP/File)
08:21 GMT

Protesters in Lebanon face riot police blocking Beirut road in a protest condemning inaction by the the government to secure the release of 26 servicemen still held hostage by Nusra Front.

November 27, 2014

The three Syrians were caught with ISIL related material on their mobile phones. (AFP/File)
12:07 GMT

Lebanese security forces arrested three Syrians for allegedly supporting ISIL in the northern region of Akkar Thursday.

Lebanon's army has been involved in deadly battles with militants along the country's border with Syria in recent months. (AFP/File)
07:50 GMT

Lebanon has finalized a $3 billion arms deal, funded by Saudi Arabia following consultations between representatives.

November 26, 2014

Italian Egyptian comunity cheers for Egyptian President visit to Italy on November 24, 2014 in Rome. (AFP/File)
20:05 GMT

A court in Egypt has sentenced nearly 80 minors between two and five years in prison each for demonstrating in support of the ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, official sources say.

The Department of State sounded new alarm bells, by informing citizens that all airplanes flying over Syria are “at risk.” (AFO/File)
19:11 GMT

Americans are discouraged from "all travel to Lebanon” because of "the frequency of terrorist bombing attacks throughout the country,” according to a new warning issued by the United States Department of State on Monday. The warning echoed a similar notification released last August.

Hezbollah and the FSA have been in a longstanding battle in Syria. (AFP/File)
08:17 GMT

A captured Hezbollah fighter was released by the Free Syrian Army in exchange for two rebels held by the Shia group.