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Lebanon News

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.

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.

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.

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.

Why Hezbollah may welcome an Israeli attack in the near future

There has been some speculation that Israel and Hezbollah may fight another war by 2016. Who would this benefit? And how?

Lebanon troops, Islamists clash in historic Tripoli market

Tripoli - Lebanese troops fought a fierce and deadly battle Saturday with Islamist gunmen in the historic market of second city Tripoli, in clashes that devastated parts of the popular tourist site.

Lebanon troops, Islamists clash in historic Tripoli market

Tripoli - Lebanese troops fought a fierce battle Saturday with Islamist gunmen holed up in the historic market of second city Tripoli in clashes that devastated parts of the popular tourist site.

Qaeda affiliate executes Lebanese soldier: govt

Beirut - A Lebanese soldier has been executed by the Al-Nusra Front, the Syrian affiliate of Al-Qaeda, the government said on Saturday.

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.

Saudi gives Lebanon army $1 bn: ex-PM Saad Hariri

Jeddah - Saudi Arabia has provided Lebanon's army, battling jihadists on the Syrian border, with one billion dollars to strengthen security, former Lebanese premier Saad Hariri told reporters in Jeddah on Wednesday.

UN warns Lebanon against getting sucked into Syrian war

The UN Security Council has backed Lebanon's military action against extremist groups but urged it to stay out of the conflict in neighbouring Syria, as Beirut vowed no leniency for the "terrorist killers".

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

Lebanon criticized for sending Palestinian refugees back to Syria

Lebanon has been sending dozens of Palestinian refugees back into war-torn Syria. At least 41 are known to have been sent back into Syria.

Detained Berlusconi ally in Beirut hospital

Beirut - An Italian ex-senator and ally of former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi who was arrested in Lebanon at the weekend was hospitalised in Beirut on Wednesday, his lawyer said.

Hezbollah shifts tactics, narrative for Syria fight

Beirut - Lebanon's Hezbollah movement is gaining new combat experience in Syria, shedding its guerrilla tactics to fight alongside an army, and shifting its narrative to explain the battle against "Sunni extremists".

Berlusconi ally arrested in Lebanon ahead of mafia ruling

Rome - An ex-senator friend of former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi was arrested on Saturday in Lebanon where he was on the run over charges of mafia ties, the Italian interior ministry announced.

Number of Syria refugees registered in Lebanon over 1mn

Beirut - The number of Syrians registered as refugees in Lebanon after fleeing war in their country has surpassed one million, the UN refugee agency said on Thursday.

Syria army 'gains ground' along Lebanon border

Damascus - Syrian troops made fresh gains in the strategic Qalamun area near the Lebanese border Saturday, seizing two villages from rebels, a military source told AFP.

Syrian conflict unsettles Lebanon with clashes in Beirut

Beirut - Lebanon has crafted its political system around power sharing agreements among Sunnis, Christians,and Shii'ites but this precarious balance is being threatened by the Syrian civil war.

Gun battles between pro and anti-Assad forces break out in Beirut

Beirut - Clashes between pro and anti-Assad gunmen in the Lebanese capital of Beirut has left at least 13 people wounded according to police.
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A group raising the Hezbollah flag
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Lebanese President inspects UNIFIL Guard of Honour with UNIFIL Force Commander Major-General Graziano.
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The Bekaa Valley is the fertile farm land of Lebanon, located east of Beirut and stretching south to the Israeli border
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The city of Tripoli
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Firefighters extinguish a fire from a building at the site of an explosion in the Haret Hreik area, in the southern suburbs of the Lebanese capital Beirut January 21, 2014. The explosion rocked Beirut's southern suburbs hitting a Hezbollah stronghold
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Lebanese soldiers on patrol
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Old City Cafe in Cranford New Jersey
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Beirut, Lebanon.
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Protesters in Tripoli, Lebanon set KFC on fire.
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Protesters in Tripoli, Lebanon set KFC on fire.
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A view of the Lebanon/Israel border.
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A peace flotilla trying to break the Gaza blockade
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Lebanese Red Cross personnel cover a body near a destroyed car believed to be the vehicle in which former finance minister Mohamad Chatah was travelling in, after an explosion in Beirut's downtown area December 27, 2013
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