Lebanon & Syria

August 28, 2014

Two Syrians were issued arrest warrants Thursday in Lebanon on charges of belonging to a terror group and plotting the Arsal attack. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT

In what Lebanon claims to be two separate cases, a Lebanese judge issued warrants form two Syrian nationals. The first is alleged ISIS commander Imad Ahmad Jomaa and the second is Ahmad Jomaa. Sources say the two men are not connected.

Lebanese army checkpoint in Arsal. [AFP]
12:11 GMT

The Lebanese Army clashed with Syrian rebels Thursday after the military shelled the militants' hideouts in the outskirts of the northeastern border region of Arsal.

Israeli police car [AFP]
09:40 GMT

Shin Bet says four Arab citizens known by authorities to be reputed drug dealers were arrested for business ties to narcotics traffickers in Lebanon.

Rebel fighters walk holding their weapons to a position on a front-line in a rebel-held suburb of Damascus on August 23, 2014. [AFP]
09:31 GMT

Syria is willing to help Lebanon in its fight against Islamist militants, Syrian Ambassador Ali Abdul-Karim Ali said in remarks published Thursday.

03:27 GMT

Spokesman for rebel group operating in area, says at least six rebels killed in latest fighting near Golan Heights.

Assad formed his new government that consists of 11 new ministers. [AFP]
03:05 GMT

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has formed a new government less than three months after being re-elected for a third term.

August 27, 2014

This undated file image posted on a militant website on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows fighters from the al-Qaida linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) marching in Raqqa, Syria. [AP]
18:21 GMT

New pictures posted on social media show the ISIL Takfiri terrorists summarily executing several Syrian government soldiers in the country’s troubled northeast.

Picture distributed by the Islamic State, showing militants including a commander known as Abu Waheeb. [Mashable]
16:57 GMT

ISIL militants have reportedly threatened to attack Saudi Arabia during Eid-Adha (the Feast of Sacrifice) that marks the culmination of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, a report says.

The air strikes were targeting militants hiding out along the border. (AFP/File)
11:39 GMT

Syrian warplanes launched air strikes on Arsal, Lebanon Wednesday.

Western countries are deeply concerned about the growing number of westerners traveling to Iraq and Syria to fight. (AFP/File)
10:43 GMT

At least fifteen Australian citizens were killed fighting alongside terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq.

Lebanon also hosts over 1 million refugees from Syria. (AFP/File)
09:12 GMT

There are more than 8,000 Iraqi refugees in Lebanon, according to a new report by Lebanese officials.

August 26, 2014

The Nusra Front is believed to be holding three soldiers and 15 policemen (AFP/ File Archive).
06:00 GMT

The Nusra Front says that it may use military options to force the release of militants detained in Lebanon’s prisons

August 25, 2014

Pope Francis and Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai will also discuss the exodus of Christians from Iraq and Syria (AFP/ File Archive).
17:03 GMT

Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai will talk with Pope Francis on the Christian sufferings in the Middle East and the Lebanese presidential election stalemate on Wednesday.

August 24, 2014

The video was delivered to the Lebanese government by the Committee of Muslim Scholars. (Photo courtesy of The Daily Star)
16:13 GMT

Video footage of seven Lebanese soldiers held captive by ISIS militants was released Sunday.

Lebanese army reinforced its positions in the town, erecting checkpoints and dispatching patrols. [AFP]
12:46 GMT

The Lebanese Army went on full alert in Arsal Sunday after a militant-affiliated Arsal resident was killed Saturday night and irregular activity targeted the border region’s outskirts.