Lebanon

Army pounds militant positions on Arsal’s outskirts

The Lebanese Army pounded militant positions on the outskirts of the northeastern town of Arsal Sunday, killing and wounding a number of them, security sources said. A security source said the Army shelled the militants’ positions in Al-Masyada and Dahr al-Jabar on Arsal’s outskirts with artillery and rockets, killing and wounding of a number of militants. The casualties were taken ...

Hezbollah targets rebel pockets around Qalamoun peak

Hezbollah and the Syrian army Thursday swept areas surrounding the Qalamoun region’s highest peak for “remaining pockets” of jihadis, one day after capturing the strategic territory in fierce fighting that left dozens of militants dead. Hezbollah-owned Al-Manar TV said that Hezbollah and the Syrian army were “clearing” areas around Tallit Moussa and the nearby Jabal al-Barouh for rebel fighters. Al-Manar ...

Assad knew about Samaha plot, video indicates

A video broadcast by Lebanese TV channels Thursday showed former minister Michel Samaha and undercover police informant Milad Kfoury discussing plans to carry out explosions, indicating that Syrian President Bashar Assad was aware of the operation. Both MTV and LBCI broadcast videos showing a conversation between Kfoury and Samaha, during which Samaha talks about the quantities of explosives that he ...

Lebanon would lose loans provided by the World Bank

Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil warned Monday that Lebanon would lose the $600 million soft loan provided by the World Bank if Parliament fails to meet and approve the draft budget soon. “We should put Parliament back to work, and we in the Finance Ministry are especially aware of the harm that comes from the absence of legislation,” Khalil said ...

Nasrallah backs Aoun on Army, police chiefs

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah has thrown his weight behind MP Michel Aoun’s demand for the appointment of new security and military chiefs, implicitly rejecting attempts to renew the mandate of the Army and police commanders, sources close to the Free Patriotic Movement head said Sunday. The agreement over Aoun’s demand was reached during a five-hour meeting between the FPM ...

Aoun looks to be impermeable to finding alternatives to break the deadlock

Although it has become common knowledge by now that neither of Lebanon’s two main candidates to the presidential election – Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun and Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea – is, at this point, capable of garnering an absolute majority of votes in Parliament to be elected as the new head of state, Aoun looks to be ...

March 14 to urge LF to attend next Parliament session

March 14 lawmakers will intensify efforts to convince theLebanese Forces Party to take part in a legislative session before the end of Parliament’s regular term, sources from the coalition said Wednesday. Speaker Nabih Berri has expressed his irritation with the decision of major Christian parties to boycott the upcoming legislative session. Speaking to The Daily Star, the sources said that ...

Hariri wants operation Decisive Storm moved to Syria

Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri called Wednesday after talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for the Saudi-led “Decisive Storm” military operation in Yemen to shift to Syria to remove the regime of President Bashar Assad for killing its people. The head of the Future Movement also lashed out at Iran for meddling in the internal affairs in Lebanon ...

Hariri to seek protection for Lebanon on U.S. visit

Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri will visit Washington next week for talks with senior U.S. officials in the latest of his regional and foreign trips aimed at shielding Lebanon from the repercussions of regional turmoil, political sources said Wednesday. The sources did not give further details, but media reports said Secretary of State John Kerry is among senior U.S. officials ...

Lebanese truck drivers kidnapped by the Nusra Front returned home

Nine Lebanese truck drivers kidnapped by the Nusra Front on the Syria-Jordan border earlier this month returned home Monday, ending a nearly two-week ordeal. Around noon Monday, eight Lebanese truckers abducted at the Nassib crossing in southern Syria landed at Beirut airport. Hours later, the ninth, Hasan Atat, crossed into Lebanon by land from Syria through the eastern Masnaa crossing, ...