Lebanon & Syria

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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.

Without the grace period, Syrian refugees living illegally in Lebanon could face severe fines from the Lebanese government. (AFP/Hassan Jarah)
05:00 GMT

Syrian refugees living undocumented in Lebanon will be given a grace period fro Aug. 21 to Dec. 31 to move back to Syria without facing residency violation fines.

August 23, 2014

Nusra Front reportedly holds 15 ISF members and three soldiers from Lebanon. The video said their release depends on Hezbolla's exit from Syria. (AFP/File)
21:31 GMT

Islamist extremist group Nusra Front released a video Saturday of captured Lebanese soldiers and ISF members pleading with Hezbollah to leave Syria to ensure their safe release.

Commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi has faced criticism over waiting too long to send army forces into Arsal to defend against charging militants. (AFP/File)
09:31 GMT

Amid criticism about military handling of the Arsal battle with Syrian militants earlier in August, Lebanese army COmmader Gen. Jean Kahwagi refutes claims he used the battle for political gains.

August 22, 2014

An image grab from Hezbollah's al-Manar TV shows Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Lebanon's militant Shiite Muslim movement Hezbollah. [AFP]
13:39 GMT

Lebanon’s resistance movement Hezbollah has deplored as a “savage crime” the beheading of American journalist James Foley by an ISIL terrorist in a recently released video.

August 21, 2014

In its fourth year, the Syrian conflict has displaced more than 9 million Syrians and killed at least 180,000 people since March 2011. (AFP/Dimitar Dilkoff)
16:10 GMT

In a recent toll using data collected from sources on the group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports more than 180,000 conflict-related deaths in Syria since March 2011.

Lebanon's general strike aims to freeze government processes as the country remains deadlocked between election boycotts and delays. (AFP/File)
14:50 GMT

Amid frustration with public sector salaries, Lebanon prepares for a general strike Thursday.

August 20, 2014

Lebanon's army faced an intense battle with ISIS militants in the border town of Arsal earlier this month (File/AFP)
14:32 GMT

U.S. Republican Congressman Darrell Issa said his government would continue to support the Lebanese army during a meeting with officials Tuesday.

The ISIS trainer was killed in an operation carried out by Hezbollah forces, depicted below, and the Syrian army (AFP/ File Archive).
07:55 GMT

Hezbollah has killed an ISIS commander allegedly responsible for preparing suicide bombers for attacks in Lebanon, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Tuesday.