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Islamic State jihadists open 'marriage bureau'

Beirut - The Islamic State, which advocates public stoning for adultery, has opened a "marriage bureau" for women who want to wed its fighters in territory they control in Syria and Iraq.
In the Media by AFP

Al Qaeda releases video of U.S. suicide bomber in Syria

Beirut - Syria's Al-Qaeda affiliate has released a video of a U.S. suicide bomber who blew himself up at an army post in the northwest of the country.
In the Media by AFP

Jihadists kill 85 Syria troops in ambush, monitors say

Beirut - At least 85 Syrian soldiers were killed, some of them beheaded, as the jihadist Islamic State took over a base in the northern province of Raqa, a monitoring group said Saturday.
In the Media by AFP

Jihadists kill at least 50 Syria troops in ambush: monitor

Beirut - Jihadists from the Islamic State group killed at least 50 Syrian soldiers in an ambush on Friday, summarily executing most of them after their capture, a monitoring group said.
In the Media by AFP

Video of child beating boy in Lebanon goes viral

Beirut - Lebanon has arrested a man who spurred his two-year-old son to beat up a Syrian child after a video of the shocking blows went viral, state media reported on Sunday.
In the Media by AFP

Battle for Syria gas field after jihadists execute hundreds

Beirut - Syrian regime forces launched an offensive Saturday to retake a gas field in Homs province seized two days ago by jihadists who killed 270 people, most of them executed, a monitoring group said.
In the Media by AFP

Death toll in Gaza Strip passes 100 as Israeli assault continues

Jerusalem - Israel said Friday that it would keep up its attack on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip for as long as it took Palestinian militants to stop firing rockets across the border.
In the Media by Nathan Salant - 2 comments

Syria war toll tops 170,000, one-third civilians: NGO

Beirut - The death toll in Syria's three-year war has eclipsed 170,000 people, one-third of them civilians, a monitoring group said in a new toll released on Thursday.
In the Media by AFP - 1 comment

Palestinian Syrians denied refuge in Lebanon

Beirut - As Palestinian-Syrian refugees try to escaped their warn torn country, they try to find refuge in a safer land. A new report by Amnesty International shows Lebanon is barring the refugees from entering the country.
In the Media by Ben Morris

Jihadists fighting in Syria, Iraq declare 'caliphate'

Beirut - A powerful jihadist group known for its ruthless tactics and systemic abuses in the Syrian and Iraqi conflicts announced Sunday the establishment of a "caliphate", or Islamist state.
In the Media by Rana MOUSSAOUI (AFP)

Suicide bomber wounds 10 in Beirut hotel as police move in

Beirut - A man blew himself up in a Beirut hotel on Wednesday as security forces stormed his room, killing himself and wounding 10 other people, a senior Lebanese official said.
In the Media by AFP

Qaeda 'merges with ISIL' at Syria-Iraq border town

Beirut - Al-Qaeda's Syrian offshoot on Wednesday made an oath of loyalty to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant at a key town on the Iraqi border, a monitor said.
In the Media by AFP

Syria army battle rebels in key Damascus foothills: TV

Beirut - Syrian troops backed by fighters from Lebanon's Hezbollah on Sunday launched an assault to oust rebels from the foothills of the Qalamun mountains north of the capital, state television said.
In the Media by AFP

Syria air raid kills nine children in displaced camp, NGO says

Beirut - Syrian army helicopter fire killed nine children in a camp for displaced civilians near the Jordanian border on Wednesday, a monitoring group said.
In the Media by AFP

Syria rebel fire on Aleppo 'kills 54 in 2 days'

Beirut - Rebels have stepped up attacks on regime-held areas of Aleppo in the run-up to Tuesday presidential election, killing 54 in two days, a monitoring group said.
In the Media by AFP

For Syrian refugees, election shreds hope of return

Tripoli - For Abu Nur, a Syrian war refugee in northern Lebanon, next week's certain re-election of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad buries any hope he had of returning home soon.
In the Media by Rita Daou (AFP)

Syrians stream to embassies to vote in controversial poll

Beirut - Syrian expats streamed to their embassy in Beirut Wednesday to vote in a controversial presidential election, as war raged at home and bombs killed more than 40 people in the city of Aleppo.
In the Media by Karim Abou Merhi (AFP)

Qaeda in Syria targets army with four suicide bombings

Beirut - Syria's Al-Qaeda branch staged four suicide bomb attacks on army positions Sunday, leaving dozens of casualties, in a bid to cut off Idlib province from the coast, a monitoring group said.
In the Media by AFP

Op-Ed: The darkest season: A ‘Christian Winter’ in the Middle East

New York - Originally lauded as a progressive alternative to tyranny in the Middle East, the Arab Spring has been a season of persecution for Christians. As persecution reaches pandemic proportions, the very survival of Christianity in the region is in question.
In the Media by Shawn Kay - 4 comments

Hezbollah to Maronite leader: Don't visit Jerusalem

The Hezbollah group in Lebanon has said to the Maronite church's Patriarch that they disapprove of his trip to Jerusalem where he is due to meet Pope Francis. They say such a visit on his part will have "negative repercussions."
In the Media by Paul Iddon - 1 comment
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