Lebanon PM calls Syrian refugee crisis ” unprecedented situation”

Lebanon, a country of just over four million inhabitants, is struggling to shelter 1.5 million Syrian refugees. “They are sharing our water, electricity, schools and hospitals with us,” said Lebanese prime minister Tammam Salam. “The country was not programmed for this. It was barely programmed to handle its own needs.” Salam was in the European […]

Lebanon insists that detained woman is IS chief’s wife, rejects Iraqi claim , update

Iraq’s Interior Ministry said on Wednesday that a woman detained by Lebanese authorities was not the wife of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, but the sister of a man convicted of bombings in southern Iraq. Security officials in Lebanon had said on Tuesday the Lebanese army had detained a wife and daughter of Baghdadi’s […]

Gunmen ambush Lebanese army patrol killing 7 soldiers, updates

Militants ambushed a Lebanese army patrol near the border with Syria on Tuesday, killing six Lebanese soldiers and wounding one, a Lebanese security official said. The attack occurred in a remote region of Ras Baalbek in eastern Lebanon and was followed by fierce clashes between the two sides, said the official, speaking on condition of […]

Hezbollah chief and former Iraqi PM met in Lebanon

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah and Iraq’s Vice President Nouri al-Maliki met recently in Beirut and reportedly expressed their confidence in a statement ( issued by hezbollah ) that the people and governments of the region would defeat the terrorist Islamic State group. Such groups and “their destructive plans don’t have a future in any country […]

Lebanon detains wife and daughter of Islamic State chief

The Lebanese army detained a wife and daughter of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as they crossed from Syria nine daysLebanese army detained a wife and daughter of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as they crossed from Syria , security officials said on Tuesday, in a setback to the group as it comes […]

Lebanon food scandal: Health minister orders temporary shut down of chicken plant

Lebanon’s Health Minister Wael Abu Faour asked Interior Ministry to temporarily shut down a chicken farm for health violations and referred to the judiciary a recent report of contaminated dairy plant in a Bekaa Valley factory. In his request that was addressed to Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk, Abu Faour asked the ministry to shut down […]

1.7m Syrian refugees face food crisis as UN funds dry up

More than 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt are facing a disastrous and hungry winter after a funding crisis forced the UN’s World Food Programme to suspend food vouchers to hundreds of thousands forced into exile by the conflict. Since the war began in March 2011, the WFP has brought […]

Iranian official calls Syria’s regime and election”democratic”

A visiting Iranian official said after meeting Lebanese ’s Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri in Beirut Monday that Lebanon should not  lose sight of Israel since it is the real enemy . Hossein Sheikholeslam, foreign policy adviser to Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani  praised  Berri   as one of the “greatest experienced political and national figures.” He also praised […]

UN Chief Names Kaag as New Lebanon Coordinator

The official who led the international effort to rid Syria of its chemical weapons has been named the new United Nations special coordinator for Lebanon. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced Sigrid Kaag’s appointment in a statement Monday. Kaag, of the Netherlands, served as special coordinator of the joint mission of the United Nations and the […]

Islamic State crisis: UK gives £20m to Lebanon to keep it safe

The Lebanese army’s Brig Gen Ali Mourad got a WhatsApp message from the Islamic State (IS). It was short and to the point. “We are the heroes of Qalamoun,” it said, referring to the mountains on Syria’s border with Lebanon, “and we’re going to kill you.” Gen Mourad has a robust attitude to this threat. […]