Lebanon & Syria

August 1, 2013

A picture taken on July 18, 2013 shows Kurdish opposition fighters attending a ceremony the northern Syrian border village of al Qamishli (AFP/STR)
06:51 GMT

An al-Qaeda-linked group took around 200 Kurdish civilians after violent clashes with Kurdish fighters in Syria,

July 31, 2013

Lebanese army soliders. (AFP/File)
21:29 GMT

One Lebanese solider was killed and another was wounded after the army launched an offensive against fugitives in Bekaa.

Former Lebanese intelligence minister Michel Samaha (Image capture from YouTube video)
10:38 GMT

State Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr rejected on Wednesday a request to release former Information Minister Michel Samaha over the seriousness of his crime.

Lebanese parliament building (AFP file photo)
09:09 GMT

The monthslong paralysis that has hit Parliament and the Cabinet could lead to the collapse of state institutions as well as to the proliferation of corruption

A young Syrian boy plays with a tyre at the Arsal refugee camp on June 14, 2013 in Lebanon (AFP/File)
09:06 GMT

The Lebanese government has begun to implement a stricter border policy to regulate the entrance of Syrian refugees into Lebanon.

Lebanese Army Commander General Jean Qahwaji speaks during a ceremony in Yarzeh, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. (Lebanese Army Website, HO)
08:05 GMT

Caretaker Defense Minister Fayez Ghosn is expected on Wednesday to issue a decision to extend the mandate of Army chief Gen. Jean Qahwaji for two years after the parliament failed to take such a move.

July 30, 2013

A Syrian widow eats dinner with her children at a refugee camp in Lebanon (AFP)
10:18 GMT

The increasing burdens caused by the soaring number of Syrian refugees fleeing the conflict in their country to Lebanon prompted the Lebanese state to prepare for a conference in cooperation with the U.N. refugees agency

US President Barack Obama speaks at the Jacksonville Port July 25, 2013 in Jacksonville, Florida (AFP)
08:59 GMT

US President Barack Obama said Monday that the continual transfer of weapons to Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah is constituting a threat to the US.

EREZ CROSSING-DECEMBER 31:Palestinian Arabs carry Palestinian flags during a protest on the Gaza-Israel border on Dec 31 2009. (Sutterstock/ChameleonsEye)
08:56 GMT

Hamas official Ahmad Youssef revealed to the press that his movement has been conducting meetings with Hezbollah and Iran to repair their relationship.

July 29, 2013

The E.U.’s decision to blacklist the military wing of Hezbollah comes after years of urging from the U.S. and Israel. (Getty images)
10:49 GMT

Political parties across Lebanon are speaking out against the decision taken by the European Union this weekend to blacklist Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shiite militant group.

Destroyed buildings are shown in the al-Khalidiyah neighbourhood of the central Syrian city of Homs, July 25, 2013 (Shaam News Network/AFP/File)
09:09 GMT

The Syrian army, with the help of Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah, has secured the rebel-held Khaldieh district of Homs.

Lebanese parliament building (AFP file photo)
08:09 GMT

A warning by Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun to challenge the extension of Army chief Gen. Jean Qahwaji's term is not likely to materialize after he was ditched by his allies

July 28, 2013

Hezbollah MP Mohammad Raad (The Daily Star file photo)
19:30 GMT

Hezbollah's head politician spoke out against the recent decision taken by the European Union to blacklist the group, saying that it reflected the despair of Europe.

Israeli chief of staff Benny Gantz. (Image courtesy of naharnet)
11:02 GMT

Israel's chief of staff on Sunday warned Lebanon of the dangers of becoming too embroiled in the Syrian conflict.

Hezbollah militants hold a rally in Baalbek, eastern Lebanon (AFP/File)
10:15 GMT

A recent decision by the EU to blacklist the military wing of Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah could have significant consquences on the entire nation, former Lebanese PM Fouad Siniora said Saturday.