Lebanon & Syria

November 20, 2014

Lebanon's Shia movement Hezbollah continues to back Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria. (AFP/File)
08:19 GMT

Saudi officials on Wednesday asked the UN Security Council to blacklist both Shia groups Hezbollah and Yemen's Houthis.

November 19, 2014

Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah and Defense Minister Samir Moqbel.
17:35 GMT

Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah met Tuesday with Defense Minister Samir Moqbel as the minister holds a series of talks with high-ranking political officials after his return from Tehran late last month.

Lebanese tanks patrol through the country's border town of Arsal, March 19, 2014. (AFP/File)
10:26 GMT

Clashes continued into the early hours of Wednesday in the Syrian town of Assal al-Ward, close to the Lebanese border.

November 18, 2014

Syrian demonstrators rally in support of the Free Syrian Army calling for them to unite behind a unified command system in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on November 11, 2014. (AFP/file)
13:52 GMT

Military Prosecutor Judge Saqr Saqr Tuesday issued a decision to release Free Syrian Army commander Abdullah al-Rifai after he had been detained for nine days for allegedly attempting to sneak into Lebanon’s outskirts, according to judicial sources.

A crowd of Iraqis gather following a suicide bombing in Baghdad, August 6, 2013. (AFP/File)
07:57 GMT

Terrorist attacks soared in 2013 across Middle East nations including Lebanon, Iraq and Syria, according to a new study by the UK-based Institute for Economics and Peace.

November 17, 2014

The militants had previously threatened to kill the seven hostages this morning, but the ultimatum has since been extended until 4 p.m. today. (AFP/File)
11:35 GMT

ISIL has announced an extension of four hours their ultimatum to the Lebanese government to revoke death sentences for Islamists or expect the execution of seven Lebanese captives.

The group of veiled women are affiliated with ISIL in northern Lebanon, according to a local newspaper. (AFP/File)
11:21 GMT

A group of "veiled females" linked to ISIL are allegedly recruiting girls to adopt extremist ideologies in northern Lebanon.

ISIL and Nusra Front kidnapped 27 Lebanese soldiers during clashes in the town of Arsal. (AFP/File)
09:06 GMT

ISIL threatened Monday morning to execute the Lebanese servicemen it is holding captive along the northeastern border of Lebanon if the government doesn't revoke sentences handed down to Islamist Prisoners in Roumieh Prison.

November 14, 2014

Prosecutors charged with the Hariri bombers' trial are reportedly "clearly pointing" in the direction of Assad's security personal as key players in the 2005 Valentine's Day assassination.
16:19 GMT

The Special Tribunal handling the trial to prosecute bombers who killed former premier Rafik Hariri will allow prosecutors to show evidence of a deteriorating relationship between Syria President Bashar al-Assad and Hariri as the first stepping stone to demonstrate the possibility of Syria's role in the assassination.

Defense lawyers in charge of prosecuting assailants who carried out the 2005 bombing that killed Hariri claimed to have evidence linking Assad's phone to the case during a Special Tribunal for Lebanon this week. (AFP/File)
11:05 GMT

During a speech Sunday, Lebanon's interior minister Nouhad Machnouk suggested Syrian President Bashar al- Assad may be linked to the assassination of ex-Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

The border town of Arsal has been the site of fierce clashes between militants and the Lebanese army in recent months, sparking high tensions between Syrians refugees and Lebanese host communities. (AFP/File)
09:37 GMT

A bomb hit a Lebanese military vehicle Friday in the outskirts of Arsal's northeast region, according to a security source, wounding two soldiers.

November 13, 2014

The Lebanese parliament has failed to pick a new president since Suleiman’s term came to an end in May. (AFP/File)
08:34 GMT

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has urged the Lebanese parliament to immediately choose a new president.

November 12, 2014

Hezbollah is traditionally a Shia resistance movement in Lebanon. (AFP/File)
10:25 GMT

Christians, Druze and Sunni Muslims are being recruited by Hezbollah in east Lebanon to fight ISIS according to a local newspaper.

November 10, 2014

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters pose for a picture during a break in fighting against Islamic State (IS) group on November 8, 2014. [AFP]
16:47 GMT

"They are our brothers. They are good people. They love life, a lot like us, really," woman tells Israel Radio.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (R) meeting with United Nations special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura in Damascus on November 10, 2014. [AFP]
15:14 GMT

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has said a ceasefire proposal for the embattled northern city of Aleppo, which has been raised by the UN envoy to the country, is “worth studying.”