Lebanon & Syria
October 18, 2014
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said Lebanon has sharply cut the influx of Syrian refugees fleeing violence in their homeland by refusing to let them in.
Ground fighting alone has killed more than 600 combatants since Islamic State group militants launched an offensive on the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Kobane a month ago, a monitoring group said Thursday.
Syrian regime airstrikes on a suburb of Damascus Friday killed 15 people, activists and a monitoring group said, as fierce clashes raged on several fronts in the country.
October 16, 2014
Lebanese officials filed a complaint with the UN Security Council Thursday over an Israeli border attack from earlier in October.
The United States would respond favorably to the military needs of the poorly equipped Lebanese Army in its fight against terrorism, Lebanese Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi has reportedly said.
October 15, 2014
Hezbollah's Deputy Head Naim Qassem said Tuesday that the party was prioritizing threats from Israel above those from 'takfiri' forces in Syria.
U.S. President Barack Obama said he would continue to support America's humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.
October 14, 2014
The Islamic State released footage of a Lebanese soldier allegedly defecting to join the militant group. Security forces carried out raids in the soldier's town of Dweir Adawiyeh after the video was released.
Grand Mufti of Lebanon Sheikh Abdul-Latif Derian condemned Muslim extremists and said "our Islam is not terrorist," during a conference Tuesday.
October 13, 2014
Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri will meet Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai in Rome Monday for talks centering on the nearly 5-month-old presidential deadlock, Future MP Ammar Houri said Sunday.
October 12, 2014
Protesters mostly hailing from the Kurdish region in Syria took to the streets in Beirut Sunday to protest international handling of Kobani, particularly in Turkey, where the borders have been closed and government authorities have ignored UN urges to intervene in the border town.
A third Lebanese soldier has reportedly defected to join IS ranks, adding to a feared surge of defectors following the recent IS and Nusra call for Sunni soldiers to leave posts and join extremist ranks.
After defecting from the Lebanese Army and joining the al-Qaeda linked Nusra Front, a Lebanse man remains with the militant group as his family pleads for his return.
October 10, 2014
Masked gunmen in Lebanon's Tripoli attacked three army posts overnight, prompting soldiers to retaliate with gunfire, security sources said.
October 9, 2014
Hezbollah said they captured a strategic Nusra Front post Thursday in after advancing on several of the group's border posts in east Lebanon. Later, Nusra released a video purporting the capture of one Hezbollah fighter.