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IS kills hundreds in Syria, threatens rebel bastion: NGO

Beirut - Jihadists have killed over 700 tribal members in eastern Syria, monitors said Saturday, and are battling to seize a northern rebel bastion, sparking an appeal for an Iraq-style Western intervention.

Lebanon's Hariri back as army enters restive border town

Beirut - Lebanon's leading Sunni politician Saad Hariri returned from self-imposed exile Friday on a trip to bolster the country's army after clashes with jihadists in the latest spillover from Syria's war.

Islamic State occupies town on Lebanon Syria border

Beirut - Jihadists associated with Islamic State (also ISIS or ISIL) seized territory inside Lebanon. The rebel group that swore allegiance to the Islamic State set up checkpoints in the town of Arsal.

Lebanon troops battle jihadists as Syria conflict spills over

Baalbek - Lebanese troops battled jihadists on the Syrian border on Monday in a third day of clashes, further engulfing the divided country in the conflict next door.

8 Lebanese soldiers killed in clashes with gunmen

Beirut - Eight Lebanese soldiers have been killed in clashes with gunmen in eastern Lebanon, near the border with Syria, which erupted after a suspected jihadist was detained, the army said Sunday.

Four dead as gunmen, Lebanon forces clash near Syria

- Gunmen killed four people in eastern Lebanon on Saturday, including two soldiers, after clashes erupted following the arrest of a Syrian accused of belonging to a jihadist group.

Lebanon supplies DNA samples in Air Algerie crash case

Beirut - Lebanon has handed over DNA samples from relatives of 20 citizens killed in a July 24 Air Algerie plane crash in Mali, a foreign ministry source told AFP on Friday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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