Lebanon & Syria

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A Lebanese army convoy patrols the outskirts of Arsal, close to the border with Syria, August 2, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:58 GMT

The Islamic State intends on seizing parts of northern Lebanon, according to Western diplomatic sources.

October 1, 2014

At least 21 Lebanese soldiers and policemen are still being held hostage by militants. (AFP/File)
06:51 GMT

Nusra Front militants have handed over one abducted Lebanese soldier Tuesday night after talks with a Qatari negotiating team.

September 30, 2014

So far, Syria's Nusra front has executed one Lebanese soldier and threatened another, while IS has killed two more. (AFP/File)
15:20 GMT

Following the most recent Lebanese hostage execution by Nusra Front, Qatari mediators touched down on the outskirts of Arsal Tuesday to begin a negotiation process with militants still holding at least 21 security personnel captive.

Since the Arsal clashes and subsequent soldier catpures in August, Lebanese citizens have grown increasingly aggressive toward Syrian refugees. (AFP/File)
14:25 GMT

Amid heightened tensions after Arsal, armed attacks against Syrian refugees carried out by Lebanese refugees has Human Rights Watch Lebanon worried for what will come next, and urging Lebanese authorities to take action.

September 29, 2014

Qassem could face up to three years in jail. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT

Lebanese lawyers filed a lawsuit against TV host Faisal al-Qassem Monday over his unflattering remarks about the Lebanese army.

The militants are able to enter Lebanon through the porous Lebanese-Syrian border. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT

The Lebanese army clashed with militants trying to infiltrate Lebanon on Monday.

Lebanese troops deploy across the border town of Arsal, August 28, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:56 GMT

Lebanon's army clashed with militants on the outskirts of Arsal, allegedly leaving many soldiers dead or injured in the early hours of Monday morning.

September 28, 2014

Lebanese activists vowed to file a lawsuit against the journalist for his remarks. (AFP/File)
19:10 GMT

A group of Lebanese activists held a protest at the offices of al-Jazeera in Beirut over anti-army remarks made by an al-Jazeera journalist over the weekend.

Multiple Lebanese soldiers were kidnapped during clashes on the border with Syria. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT

A Lebanese MP announced that the Free Syrian Army has saved multiple Lebanese soldiers from their jihadist kidnappers.

Negotiation deal may be in the works for Lebanese hostages as PM Salam asks Turkey and Qatar to aid release efforts. (AFP/File)
09:49 GMT

Prime Minister Tammam Salam asked Qatar and Turkey to help secure the release of Lebanese hostages, saying Lebanon would support a negotiation deal.

September 26, 2014

Syrian protesters took to the streets of Arsal on Friday to voice anger against Lebanon's army crackdown (Image: The Daily Star)
15:07 GMT

Syrian refugees in the Lebanese border town of Arsal protested against the army following an ongoing crackdown on Islamist militants.

September 25, 2014

Syrian refugees in Arsal have been at the forefront of clashes between Lebanon's army and militants since last month (File/AFP)
14:31 GMT

Syrian refugees in Arsal reportedly raised the black flag of the extremist group the Islamic State in protest over the Lebanese army's crackdown on a nearby camp.

Lebanese army. [AFP]
12:27 GMT

Lebanon's army has detained about 450 suspected Islamist militants near its border with Syria, Lebanese security sources said on Thursday, as it steps up efforts to prevent them from using the frontier town of Arsal as a base.

September 24, 2014

President Obama met with representatives from five Arab nations that joined the US in Syrian airstrikes, as well as Iraq, during a meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting, September 23, 2014 (Saul Loeb/ AFP).
07:20 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obama will go before the United Nations General Assembly and seek specific promises of military, financial or humanitarian support from each country against the Islamic State.

Egypt has offered to train Lebanese soldiers to combat terrorism (File Archive/ AFP).
07:04 GMT

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has offered to train Lebanese soldiers tp combat terrorism and states that Lebanon is in need of support.