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'Heavy clashes' as US-backed forces battle IS in Syria: monitor

Beirut - US-backed forces were locked in fierce fighting as they pressed the battle against the last shred of the Islamic State group's "caliphate" in eastern Syria on Sunday, a war monitor said.

IS 'caliphate' down to 1% percent as final assault nears

Beirut - The Islamic State group's "caliphate" has shrunk to less than one percent of its original size, the US-led coalition said Thursday, as a final onslaught in eastern Syria loomed.

IS down to less than 1% of original 'caliphate': coalition

Beirut - Recent gains by Kurdish-led forces in Syria have shrunk the Islamic State group's "caliphate" to less than one percent of its original size, the US-led coalition said on Thursday.

US-backed Syria force says captures foreign jihadists 'daily'

Beirut - US-backed forces in Syria said Wednesday they were detaining foreign Islamic State group fighters on a "daily basis", days after confirming the capture of German jihadist Martin Lemke.

Lebanon's new cabinet: up to the challenge?

Beirut - Lebanon's new cabinet includes three posts for Hezbollah, a Shiite group subject to US sanctions.The incoming government will need to carry out vital reforms to stave off an economic crisis.

Lebanon announces government after 8-month delay

Beirut - Lebanon announced a government line-up Thursday, ending an eight-month wait that had heightened fears of a major economic collapse.

In Lebanon's hills, Carlos Ghosn winery presses on

Batro - Nestled in green hills north of Lebanon's capital Beirut just a few kilometres from the Mediterranean coastline, a winery co-founded by detained tycoon Carlos Ghosn presses on with trade.

Hezbollah chief warns Israel against continuing strikes in Syria

Beirut - The chief of Lebanon's Hezbollah movement has warned Israel against continuing strikes in Syria targeting mainly Iranian positions, saying it could fuel war in the region.

Hezbollah chief warns Israel against continuing strikes in Syria

Beirut - The chief of Lebanon's Hezbollah movement on Saturday warned Israel against continuing strikes in Syria targeting mainly Iranian positions, saying it could fuel war in the region.

Kurd-led forces overrun last IS-held village in Syria: monitor

Beirut - Kurdish-led fighters overran the last village held by the Islamic State group in Syria on Wednesday, confining its once vast cross-border "caliphate" to two small hamlets, a war monitor said.

Toll from Israel's Syria strikes rises to 21: monitor

Beirut - The death toll from Israel's latest bombardment of military targets in Syria rose from 11 to 21, a war monitor said Tuesday, adding that most of those killed were Iranian.

Suicide attack on Kurdish-US convoy in Syria 'kills 5'

Beirut - A suicide car bomb attack on a military convoy in northeastern Syria on Monday killed five members of a Kurdish-led force accompanying US troops in an anti-jihadist coalition, a monitor said.

Suicide attack on Kurdish-US convoy in Syria 'kills 5'

Beirut - A suicide car bomb attack on a military convoy in northeastern Syria Monday killed five members of a Kurdish-led force accompanying US troops in an anti-jihadist coalition, a monitor said.

Israeli bombardment in Syria kills 11: monitor

Beirut - Israeli strikes that hit several targets in Syria overnight to Monday killed at least 11 pro-regime fighters including two Syrians, a war monitor said.

Bomb blast in a bus kills 3 civilians in Syria's Afrin: monitor

Beirut - A bomb blast in a bus killed three civilians Sunday in the northern Syrian city of Afrin on the first anniversary of a Turkish attack on the Kurdish-majority region, a war monitor said.

Lebanon foreign minister urges Arab League to readmit Syria

Beirut - Lebanon's foreign minister on Friday called for the Arab League to readmit Syria ahead of a regional economic summit in Beirut, more than seven years after it suspended Damascus' membership.

Three UN envoys who tried and failed in quest for Syria peace

Beirut - New UN envoy Geir Pedersen, who arrived in Damascus Tuesday on his first visit since taking up post, is the fourth head of UN efforts to end Syria's nearly eight-year-old civil war.

Winter weather killed 15 displaced children in Syria: UN

Beirut - Freezing temperatures and the lack of medical care have killed at least 15 displaced Syrian children in recent weeks, the United Nations reported on Tuesday.

What next for Syria's Idlib?

Beirut - The Idlib area in northern Syria is now fully ruled by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), a jihadist organisation dominated by members of Al-Qaeda's former affiliate.

US-led coalition says Syria withdrawal has begun

Beirut - The US-led military coalition in Syria has begun pulling out troops, a spokesman said on Friday without elaborating on locations or timetables.
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