By Nicholas Blanford While the world has been transfixed – and horrified – by the gruesome and chilling hostage dramas played out in the Middle East these past months, Lebanon has been gripped by its own increasingly convoluted kidnapping crisis. The lives of some 26 Lebanese soldiers and policemen hang in the balance as the […]
The news that the European Union is again debating whether to put Hezbollah, Lebanon’s dominant political and military force, on its terrorist list is deeply worrying. The move, which reflects growing international pressure on Hezbollah following a recent intensification of U.S. sanctions — risks disturbing the fragile country’s uneasy peace.
Lebanese security forces freed four Syrian hostages on Tuesday in a raid on a powerful Shi’ite Muslim clan, which kidnapped more than 20 people last month. The four told a Lebanese television station they had been tortured when they were held by the armed wing of the Meqdad clan and were forced to confess they […]
Iran “firmly” rejects claims that a group of people abducted by Syrian rebels near Damascus include members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Iranian deputy foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said.
Iran’s defense minister rejected reports that the Islamic Republic has sent military forces to Syria to help the government of President Bashar al-Assad fight rebels, Tehran Times reported.
Al-Arabiya TV aired footage on Sunday of the “Free Syrian Army” abduction of 48 Iranians in Damascus in which an FSA officer charges the hostages of being elite Iranian Revolutionary Guards.
Iranian state TV says gunmen have kidnapped 48 Iranian pilgrims visiting a holy site revered by Shiites in a suburb of the Syrian capital, Damascus.
One of the 11 abducted Lebanese Shiite pilgrims in Syria, has managed to escape from his captors for a few hours before being recaptured, LBCI television reported on Monday.
The families of the 11 Lebanese pilgrims kidnapped in Syria are planning a protest near the presidential palace in Baabda , east of the capital Beirut starting at 11:00 am Tuesday. Their aim is to protest against the ” failure of the Lebanese government and president Michel Suleiman in securing their release” and will urge […]
The families of 11 Lebanese pilgrims kidnapped in Syria are blocking the highway leading to Beirut airport to protest the Lebanese government’s failure to secure their release. The Shiite pilgrims were abducted May 22 after crossing into Syria from Turkey