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IS executes Syrian for aiding regime air strikes: SITE

Birut - The Islamic State group has publicly executed a Syrian it accused of planting tracking devices for deadly regime air strikes, SITE Intelligence reported on Saturday.

IS group threatens to execute Lebanese soldiers held hostage

Birut - A French-speaking jihadist threatened Friday to execute Lebanese soldiers held hostage by the Islamic State group, saying three prominent anti-IS Lebanese politicians would be responsible for their deaths.

Mass grave of 230 killed by jihadists found in Syria: Monitor

Birut - The bodies of 230 people killed by the Islamic State group have been found in a mass grave uncovered by their relatives in Syria's Deir Ezzor province, a monitoring group said Wednesday.

Nearly 200 dead as Syria bases lost to Qaeda: monitor

Birut - Nearly 200 combatants on both sides were killed in 24 hours when the Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda took two regime bases in Idlib province, a monitoring group said on Tuesday.

Seven make final cut as world's most wondrous cities

Surviving three years of global voting and competition from almost 1,200 other candidates, seven communities were announced Sunday as New7Wonders Cities.

Lebanon needs more help to tackle jihadist threat: PM

Birut - Lebanon needs more international help to fight jihadist forces that have launched a series of attacks against the army and kidnapped security forces, the country's prime minister told AFP.

IS seizes part of key air base in east Syria: Monitor

Birut - Jihadists from the Islamic State group seized part of the key regime air base at Deir Ezzor in eastern Syria in fierce fighting on Saturday, a monitoring group said.

Anger erupts in Lebanon after reported killing of policeman

Baalbek - Anger erupted in eastern Lebanon early Saturday after Al Qaeda-linked Syrian extremist group the Al-Nusra front said it had killed a captured Lebanese policeman to avenge the arrest of Islamic militants' wives and children.

Lebanon holding IS chief's daughter, ex-wife: Minister

Birut - Lebanese authorities are holding a daughter and an ex-wife of the head of the Islamic State jihadist group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the interior minister said.

Lebanon arrests wife, son of IS chief Baghdadi

Birut - Lebanon has arrested a wife and son of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed caliph of the jihadist Islamic State (IS) group that has seized large chunks of Iraq and Syria, a military source said.

Lebanon mourns legendary 'songbird' Sabah

Birut - Iconic Lebanese singer and actress Sabah died Wednesday aged 87, after a seven-decade career and a colourful love life that kept her in the headlines until the end.

Obama orders review of US policy on hostages

Birut - President Barack Obama has ordered a review of US policy on Americans abducted overseas, as intelligence agencies investigate the role of Western jihadists in the beheading of aid worker Peter Kassig.

Suspected Western jihadists in 'evil' IS beheading video

Birut - Authorities were on Monday investigating the suspected involvement of Western jihadists in the brutal video by the Islamic State group claiming the beheading of US aid worker Peter Kassig.

'Pure evil' as IS beheads US aid worker Kassig

Birut - US President Barack Obama condemned as "pure evil" the Islamic State's beheading of American aid worker Peter Kassig after the group released a video showing his body Sunday.

Islamic State faces war of attrition in Syria's Kobane

Birut - The Islamic State group is locked in a war of attrition in the Syrian border town of Kobane, where Kurdish fighters backed by US-led air strikes are mounting fierce resistance.

U.S.-led air raids hit jihadist-held Syria oil field

Birut - U.S.-led air strikes hit jihadist positions in the north and east of Syria, including an oil field, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday.

U.S.-led Syria strikes hit Qaeda, Islamist rebels

Birut - U.S.-led air strikes in Syria hit Al-Qaeda-linked militants and an Islamist rebel brigade in a rare expansion of weeks-long raids targeting the Islamic State group, a monitor said Thursday.

Syria escalates barrel bomb attacks as world attention shifts

Beirut - With global attention focused on the fight against jihadists, Syria's regime has in recent weeks stepped up its use of deadly barrel bomb strikes, killing civilians and wreaking devastation.

Iraq peshmerga fighters join Kobane battle

Beirut - Some 150 Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters joined the battle against Islamic State (IS) jihadists in the Syrian town of Kobane on Friday, crossing the border from Turkey, a monitor said.

Why Israel is updating its Merkava tanks

While there has been some speculation that Israel and Hezbollah may engage in another war by 2016, the Israeli military is updating the Merkava tank for scenarios involving engaging against such forces.
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