Lebanon & Syria

September 22, 2014

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power chairing a UN Security Council meeting (Andrew Burton/ Getty Images North America/ AFP).
20:01 GMT

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power predicts that the U.S will not conduct unilateral airstrikes in Syria against the Islamic State.

Islamic State and Nusra Front militants battled with Lebanon's army in the border town of Arsal last month (File/AFP)
13:17 GMT

Lebanon's army and political factions are mobilizing to fight the security threat posed by extremist groups such as Islamic state and Nusra Front.

September 21, 2014

Al Hayat newspaper reported Sunday that Qatari officials in change of mediation warned the Lebanese government of Nusra's intent to execute soldiers. (AFP/File)
12:36 GMT

According to a report in Al-Hayat newspaper, Qatari officials told the Lebanese government the Nusra Front planned to begin executing soldiers "one after another" if prisoner release demands were not met.

An image grab taken from a video released by Al-Manara Al-Baydaa, the official media arm of Al-Nusra Front, and uploaded on YouTube on September 10, 2014. [AFP]
07:12 GMT

The Nusra Front claimed responsibility late Saturday for an attack that targeted a Hezbollah checkpoint in northeast Lebanon. The militant group said the attack destroyed one 57 millimeter cannon but did not elaborate.

September 20, 2014

Nusra Front released a video Saturday depicting the execution of a Lebanese captive and threatening another. (AFP/File)
15:40 GMT

The Nusra Front released a video Saturday depicting the execution of a Lebanese soldier captive and threatening the life of another policeman if Hezbollah continued what the group deems as attacks on the Sunni community.

September 19, 2014

Nusra Front commanders deny the claim that captive Lebanese soldiers were offered up in exchange for jailed fighters. (AFP/File)
18:45 GMT

The Nusra Front has denied claims that it sought to free Hezbollah-held prisoners in exchange for the release of Lebanese soldiers captured last month during Arsal clashes.

The Lebanese army is accusing Israel of violating UN Resolution 1701 after Israeli intelligence forces ramped up wire tapping activities on the border. (AFP/File)
07:55 GMT

The Lebanese Army urged UNIFIL forces to look at Israeli wire tapping devices, installed along the Lebanese border, as a violation of Resolution 1701, the resolution that forged a peace agreement and ended the 2006 war between Lebanon and Israel.

September 18, 2014

Up to 22 Lebanese soldiers were kidnapped by militants last month in the border town of Arsal (File/AFP)
09:23 GMT

The U.S. and France will speed up delivery of military aid to Lebanon amid the increasing tension in the border town of Arsal.

Militants are believed to be holding a further 20 Lebanese soldiers captive since violence erupted in Arsal last month (File/AFP)
07:11 GMT

Another Lebanese soldier was kidnapped close to the border town of Arsal by unknown gunmen in two pickup trucks, according to reports.

September 17, 2014

Twenty-two Lebanese soldiers are being held by Nusra Front militants (File/AFP)
12:07 GMT

Militants from Nusra Front have threatened to kill one of 22 kidnapped Lebanese soldiers, according to a statement on Facebook.

September 16, 2014

Nusra Front suffered heavy casualties after clashes with Lebanon's army (File/AFP)
11:06 GMT

Lebanon's army clashed with Nusra Front fighters overnight on the country's border with Syria, killing dozens of militants.

There are currently 1.6 million refugees in Lebanon, with 1.2 million registered with the UNHCR (File/AFP)
09:38 GMT

Lebanon will need up to $1 billion to cope with the mass influx of Syrian refugees in the country, according to a government official.

Lebanon's army will internally prepare for an renewed assault in the border town of Arsal, after clashes last month (File/AFP)
08:17 GMT

Lebanon will increase security along the border with Syria as part of a global contribution against Islamic State militants, according to an analyst.

September 15, 2014

Security has been tight since Syria's three-year civil war spilled over to Lebanon (File/AFP)
11:14 GMT

Lebanese authorities have rejected suggestions to collaborate with the Syrian regime to combat Islamic State militants.

September 14, 2014

Resistance bloc member Nawwaf Musawi called on political members to "delay our political disputes" in the fight against terrorism (AFP/ File Archive).
15:41 GMT

Hezbollah called for unifying Lebanese politics as one to stand against terrorism.