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IS claims deadly attack on Afghan ministry

Beirut - The Islamic State group Sunday claimed responsibility for an attack that killed 10 people and trapped around 2,000 for hours inside the communications ministry in the Afghan capital the previous day.

A month after IS 'caliphate' defeated, challenges aplenty

Beirut - Sleeper cells, prisons teeming with jihadists, camps crammed with their wives and children -- perils abound in Syria, nearly a month after the Islamic State group's "caliphate" was declared defeated.

Jihadists kill more than 60 regime fighters across Syria

Beirut - Jihadists have killed more than 60 Syrian regime fighters in 48 hours, a monitor said Saturday, in some of the deadliest attacks on pro-Damascus forces in recent weeks.

IS hits Syria army with deadliest attacks since 'caliphate': monitor

Beirut - Islamic State group jihadists have killed 35 pro-Damascus fighters in Syria, in what a monitoring group described Saturday as their deadliest operation since the fall of the "caliphate".

Amnesty calls for probe against Sudan's former top spy

Beirut - Sudan's new authorities must investigate the role of the country's former spy chief in killings of demonstrators during months-long protests that preceded the fall of president Omar-al-Bashir, Amnesty International said.

Hezbollah condemns US decision on Iran Guards

Beirut - The head of Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah on Wednesday condemned as foolish a US decision to designate Iran's Revolutionary Guards a "terrorist group", praising the elite force as a key regional power.

Army shelling kills 22 civilians in Syria's Idlib: monitor

Beirut - Heavy bombardment by the Syrian army of the jihadist-controlled Idlib region has killed 22 civilians, a monitor said Thursday, the latest violence to theaten a seven-month-old truce.

US-backed force tracks Syria jihadists after 'caliphate' falls

Beirut - A US-backed force said Tuesday it was chasing Islamic State group jihadists in eastern Syria, as coalition warplanes pound the militants more than a week after their "caliphate" was declared defeated.

A world court on IS crimes: needed but unlikely

Beirut - A world court would offer a much-needed mechanism to address the Islamic State group's horrendous crimes but the path to its creation is fraught with obstacles, experts said.

IS jihadists kill 7 US-backed fighters in Syria

Beirut - The Islamic State group on Tuesday claimed an attack on US-backed forces in the northern Syrian city of Manbij, days after their "caliphate" was declared defeated.

Libya protesters demand release of Kadhafi-era spy chief

Tripoli - Relatives and supporters of Libya's Kadhafi-era intelligence chief, jailed for his alleged role in a bloody crackdown during the country's 2011 uprising, protested in Tripoli on Saturday to demand his release.

Syria Kurd autonomy under threat after IS 'caliphate' falls

Beirut - Now the Islamic State group's "caliphate" has fallen, the hard-won limited autonomy of Syria's Kurds will be left in peril if their key US ally goes ahead with its announced pullout.

Syria: the battle to conquer IS's last redoubt

Beirut - Here are key developments in the final battle by US-backed Kurdish-Arab forces to conquer the jihadist Islamic State group's last redoubt in Deir Ezzor province in eastern Syria.

UN envoy says a 'new Syria' starts with reconciliation

Beirut - The United Nations envoy for Syria on Tuesday said a solution to the eight-year-long conflict begins with confidence building measures and reconciliation between warring parties.

Syria force says it arrested jihadists behind attack on US troops

Beirut - A US-backed force in Syria said Tuesday it has arrested jihadists suspected of involvement in the deadliest attack on US troops since they deployed in the war-torn country in 2014.

Lebanese artist turns shrapnel into sculptures

Birut - There is a violinist, a farmer tilling his field, and a cockerel with a propeller for a head. All were once rockets, artillery shells, or bullets falling on Lebanon's battlefields.

Syria death toll tops 370,000 in 8 years of war: monitor

Beirut - Eight years of war in Syria have left more than 370,000 people dead including 112,000 civilians, a monitor said Friday.

IS releases defiant video from last scrap in east Syria

Beirut - The Islamic State group has released a video allegedly showing jihadists in the last scrap of territory they control in eastern Syria, quietly defiant in the face of advancing US-backed forces.

UN warns against stigmatising 'caliphate' children

Beirut - Children raised in the Islamic State group's "caliphate" should not be treated as terrorists, the United Nations' Children Fund (UNICEF) warned Monday.

Dozens protest statue in defeated Syria cradle of uprising

Beirut - Dozens of people demonstrated Sunday in the defeated cradle of Syria's uprising against a statue of the late father of the president being reinstated eight years after protesters demolished it.
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