If change is ever to come to stagnant Arab political systems that have long lumbered beneath the control of sectarian and other entrenched forces, historians may look back on the Beirut municipal elections held Sunday as a turning point.
At least 43 people were killed and around 200 injured in a twin suicide bomb attack claimed by the Islamic State in Beirut’s southern suburbs on Thursday evening.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday cleared the way for delivery of sophisticated air defense systems to Iran with a decree that U.S. officials warned could disrupt the emerging deal to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons.
Beirut (AFP) — The United States will supply Lebanon’s army with additional munitions and ordnance in a bid to bolster the force after clashes with jihadists, the U.S. ambassador to Beirut said Thursday. The new assistance comes after Lebanon’s military requested emergency aid following unprecedented clashes with jihadists in the eastern Arsal region of the […]
By Patrick J. McDonnell and Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times BEIRUT — Clashes raging between Syrian Islamist rebels and Lebanese security forces in a town close to the Syrian border killed 10 soldiers, the Lebanese army said Sunday. An additional 25 were wounded in one of the most serious cross-border incidents since the Syrian civil […]
By Mitchell Prothero, McClatchy Foreign Staff IRBIL, Iraq — The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria apparently expanded its operations to Lebanon on Friday, narrowly failing to assassinate a top Shiite Muslim security official with a suicide car bomb just hours after a series of government raids captured at least 20 suspected militants described as […]
By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times BEIRUT — A suicide car bomb that may have targeted Lebanon’s internal security chief exploded Friday on the Beirut-Damascus highway, killing at least two people and wounding dozens, according to official and media accounts. It was the first such attack after several months of relative calm in Lebanon […]
BERLIN — German police on Tuesday raided the local offices of a support organization for the Lebanese Shiite militia movement Hezbollah, the Interior Ministry said. The Lebanon Orphan Children Project, founded in 1997 and headquartered in the western city of Essen, was banned by Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, and their offices in six states […]
Tripoli (Lebanon) (AFP) — More than a million people fleeing Syria’s war have registered as refugees in Lebanon, the UN said Thursday, with many living in misery in a tiny country overstretched by the crisis. And the number is swelling by the day, with the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) saying it registers 2,500 new refugees […]
By Patrick J. McDonnell and Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times BEIRUT — Authorities said roads across Lebanon were reopened Wednesday following a tense evening of road-closing protests linked to the war in neighboring Syria. Clashes erupted late Tuesday between demonstrators and security forces as protesters used burning tires to block a number of roads throughout the […]
By Mitchell Prothero, McClatchy Foreign Staff BEIRUT — The collapse of a rebel bastion inside Syria showed its effects inside Lebanon on Monday as rival communities rocketed one another, snipers opened fire along a critical highway near the Syrian border and at least two car bombs targeted Shiite Muslim villages in the Bekaa Valley. Terrorism […]
By Nabih Bulos and Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times BEIRUT — Twin suicide car bombs ripped through a residential district of the Lebanese capital Wednesday in the latest deadly attack believed tied to the war raging in neighboring Syria, according to official and witness accounts. At least three people were killed and scores injured […]