Lebanon scraps independence rally in first since civil war

 Lebanon`s government has decided to cancel Independence Day celebrations for the first time since the 1975-1990 civil war because of the country`s presidential vacuum, the Information Minister said Friday.

Suspected US strikes hit Syrian al Qaeda-held town

An airstrike believed to have been carried out by the US-led coalition overnight hit a town controlled by al Qaeda militants in northwestern Syria, activists said today.

IS executed 1,434 people in Syria since 'Caliphate' proclaimed

Beirut: The Islamic State (IS) Sunni radical group has executed at least 1,434 people in Syria since it proclaimed an Islamic Caliphate over the territory it controls in Syria and Iraq last June, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) director Rami Abdurrahman told Efe news agency.

IS executes nearly 1,500 people in Syria in 5 months: Monitor

The jihadist Islamic State group (IS) has executed nearly 1,500 people in Syria in the five months since it declared the establishment of a "caliphate", a monitoring group said on Monday.

Lebanon Army maintaining calm on Israel border: UN

UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Force Commander Maj. Gen. Luciano Portolano has appreciated the Lebanese army for maintaining calm and stability along its border with Israel.

Islamic State faces war of attrition in Syria`s Kobane

The Islamic State group is locked in a war of attrition in the Syrian border town of Kobane, where Kurdish fighters backed by US-led air strikes are mounting fierce resistance.

Syrians have `no escape` from war: Report

Syrians are increasingly unable to escape their country`s war as tougher policies in potential host nations are preventing them from taking refuge in the region and beyond, a report said Thursday.

Leader of Syrian Islamist group found dead

Abdel Aziz al-Qatari, the founder of the Jund al-Aqsa (Soldiers of al-Aqsa) Islamist rebel group, has been found dead in the northern Syrian province of Idleb, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported Monday.

Local ceasefires 'best hope' for Syria, say report

Local ceasefires in Syria could prove the "best hope" for alleviating civilian suffering and provide a basis for a larger resolution to the country`s conflict, a new report said Monday.

US-led air raids hit jihadist-held Syria oil field
US-led air raids hit jihadist-held Syria oil field

US-led air strikes hit jihadist positions in the north and east of Syria, including an oil field, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday.

Syrian activists share photo of children said killed in US Strike

Syrian activists shared a photo on social media on Friday of two children they said were killed in U.S. air strikes on Wednesday night which Washington said targeted an al Qaeda-linked militant faction.

Syrian woman raised in jail arrested: Monitor

The daughter of two anti-regime activists who was born in a Syrian jail 26 years ago has been arrested on her return from a brief trip abroad, a monitor said Tuesday.

Islamic State beheads 8 Syria rebels who surrendered: Monitor
Islamic State beheads 8 Syria rebels who surrendered: Monitor

Islamic State group jihadists beheaded eight Syrian rebels who had surrendered in a town on the border with Iraq last week despite pledges of an amnesty, a monitor said Monday.

Syrian al Qaeda forces amass near Turkey crossing

Syrian activists say al Qaeda fighters are amassing in a Syrian border town in what appears to be an attempt to seize a nearby Turkish border crossing from Syrian rebels.

Kobane clashes kill 100 IS jihadists in three days: Monitor

At least 100 jihadists from the Islamic State group have been killed in three days of fighting for the strategic Syrian border town of Kobane, a monitor said on Saturday.

25 killed in Syrian airstrikes

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Sunday said that 25 people were killed during Syrian airstrikes in Homs province.

Lebanon army fights gunmen in Tripoli, six soldiers killed

Six Lebanese soldiers were killed as the army clashed with Islamist gunmen in northern Lebanon for a second day on Saturday, using helicopters to fire rockets in the first such air attack since the war in neighbouring Syria began.

US-led air strikes killed 553 fighters, 32 civilians in Syria: Monitor
US-led air strikes killed 553 fighters, 32 civilians in Syria: Monitor

Air strikes by US-led forces have killed 553 Islamist fighters and 32 civilians during a month-long campaign in Syria, a monitoring group which tracks the violence said on Thursday.

Over 40 Nusra Front fighters desert to join IS

Some 40 fighters from the Nusra Front, Al Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, have joined the Islamic State (IS) Sunni radical group in recent months, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said Tuesday.

Lebanon to stop accepting Syrian refugees

 Lebanese government has announced no to accept Syrian refugees anymore, state media reported.