Lebanon & Syria
August 6, 2014
At least 16 people, including two children, have been killed and dozens of others wounded in a shelling by foreign-backed militants targeting a number of areas in the Syrian capital, Damascus.
A large number of Islamist militants withdrew overnight from the embattled northeastern town of Arsal as mediation efforts continued to end the fighting with the Lebanese Army, a Future Movement official said Wednesday.
A group of chemical weapons experts is due to travel to Syria to continue the destruction of the country’s chemical capabilities.
August 5, 2014
An commander for extremist group the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, allegedly responsible for rigging vehicles with explosives for attacks in Lebanon, was killed in ongoing clashes in Arsal
Michel Aoun declared on Tuesday that he had long warned against holding negotiations with terrorists fighting the army in the northeastern town of Arsal.
Hezbollah Tuesday denied its fighters intervened in the ongoing clashes between the Lebanese Army and militants from Syria in Arsal, and commended the government for its unified stance in support of the military.
Saudi's King Abdullah pledged to speed up military assistance to the Lebanese army in a bid to tackle dangerous clashes with militants in Arsal.
Leader of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, said he expected the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria to fail and that the extremist organization would not advance in Lebanon.
August 4, 2014
Hezbollah offers to support for the Lebanese army against militants in the north.
The Lebanese army continues to battle militants in Arsal in spillover violence from the war in Syria.
August 3, 2014
The Nusra Front denied Sunday involvement in the Arsal clashes in east Lebanon, and said detained battalion commander Imad Jomaa was not a member.
Gen. Jean Kahwagi Sunday said attacks on Arsal were premeditated, refuting claims that the militant attack was driven by the detention of Imad Jomaa.
Eight soldiers from Lebanon's army were killed in overnight clashes with gunmen across the town of Arsal, close to the Syrian border.
The United States will provide Jordan an additional $84 million in aid for Syrian refugees, bringing the total U.S. humanitarian assistance to more than $388 million in Jordan, and more than $2.4 billion in total throughout Syria and the region.
August 2, 2014
The Lebanese Army Intelligence apprehended seven Syrian nationals while trying to infiltrate illegally into Lebanese territories by evading checkpoints.