Lebanon & Syria

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.

September 13, 2014

The border town of Arsal has seen a heightened level of violence in recent weeks, as clashes between armed opposition groups, Lebanese security personal and Syrian refugees end in bloodshed and abductions. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT

A security source in Arsal said a Lebanese man was taken by gunmen in the Arsal Saturday morning, continuing a long string of violent attacks in the embattled border town.

September 12, 2014

Lebanese troops will receive arms and other military equipment from Washington to help fight the looming threat of insurgency by the IS. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT

U.S. ambassador David Hale said Friday the U.S. would provide weapons and other equipment needed to help fend off threats Islamic State insurgency in Lebanon.

Syriac leaders say Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea showed willingness to help facilitate host of Iraqi Christians in Lebanon. (AFP/File)
11:09 GMT

Syriac leaders met with Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea hoping to secure a save haven in Lebanon for Iraqi Christians fleeing the Islamic State.

A delegation of Eastern church patriarchs in Lebanon met with Obama Thursday to discuss safety from the IS for Christians across the Middle East. (AFP/File)
06:58 GMT

Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai said Thursday U.S. President Barack Obama would help shield Lebanon from regional turmoil.

September 11, 2014

Lebanese army soldiers drive out of the town of Arsal in the Bekaa valley near the border with Syria. [AFP]
12:03 GMT

At least four Hezbollah fighters were killed overnight Wednesday during clashes with jihadists on the outskirts of a Lebanese border village in the Bekaa Valley, security sources told The Daily Star Thursday.