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Aug 23, 2014

U.S. hostage rescuers dropped from night sky: Syria activist

BEIRUT/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It was just after midnight on July 4 when at least two dozen U.S. Delta Force commandos arrived on heavily armed Black Hawk helicopters in Akrishi, a small town near the eastern Syrian city of Raqqa on the bank of the Euphrates River.

Before they landed to search for American hostages including journalist James Foley, they destroyed a crucial target: anti-aircraft weapons at a jihadist base about 3 miles (5 km) southeast of the city, a stronghold of Islamic State militants seeking to build a monolithic Islamic state.

Aug 22, 2014

U.S. hostage rescuers dropped from night sky, Syria activist says

BEIRUT/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It was just after midnight on July 4 when at least two dozen U.S. Delta Force commandos arrived on heavily armed Black Hawk helicopters in Akrishi, a small town near the eastern Syrian city of Raqqa on the bank of the Euphrates River.

Before they landed to search for American hostages including journalist James Foley, they destroyed a crucial target: anti-aircraft weapons at a jihadist base about 3 miles (5 km) southeast of the city, a stronghold of Islamic State militants seeking to build a monolithic Islamic state.

Aug 21, 2014

Trip Tips: See and live history in Lebanon

BEIRUT, Aug 22 (Reuters) – Some travellers want to see
history, others want to live it. In Lebanon, a slice of land
between the Mediterranean and war-ravaged Syria, you can do a
lot of both.

At the Roman ruins of Baalbek, some of the best preserved in
the world, you can walk past the 70-foot (21-metre) high pillars
alone – there have been no big crowds since the 2006 conflict
with Israel.

Aug 20, 2014

Islamic State says beheads U.S. journalist, holds another

BAGHDAD/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Islamic State insurgents released a video on Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley, who had gone missing in Syria nearly two years ago, and images of another U.S. journalist whose life they said depended on U.S. action in Iraq.

The video, titled “A Message To America,” was posted on social media websites. It was not immediately possible to verify its authenticity.

Aug 16, 2014

Islamic State executed 700 people from Syrian tribe: monitoring group

BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) – The Islamic State militant group has executed 700 members of a tribe it has been battling in eastern Syria during the past two weeks, the majority of them civilians, a human rights monitoring group and activists said on Saturday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has tracked violence on all sides of the three-year-old conflict, said reliable sources reported beheadings were used to execute many of the al-Sheitaat tribe, which is from Deir al-Zor province.

Aug 11, 2014

Islamic State beheads, crucifies in push for Syria’s east

BEIRUT, Aug 11 (Reuters) – Islamic State has crushed a
pocket of resistance to its control in eastern Syria, crucifying
two people and executing 23 others in the past five days, a
monitoring group said on Monday.

The insurgents, who are also making rapid advances in Iraq,
are tightening their grip in Syria, of which they now controls
roughly a third, mostly rural areas in the north and east.

Aug 8, 2014

Former PM Hariri back in Lebanon for first time in three years

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Former prime minister Saad al-Hariri arrived back in Lebanon on Friday for the first time in three years, a visit seen as reasserting his leadership over the Sunni community after a deadly incursion by Islamist militants in the northeast.

With no prior announcement, Hariri arrived at the government’s headquarters in Beirut, where he met Prime Minister Tammam Salam, footage broadcast by local television stations showed.

Aug 7, 2014

Militants pull out of Lebanese border town with captives

OUTSKIRTS OF ARSAL Lebanon (Reuters) – Militant Islamists have mostly withdrawn from a Lebanese border town they seized at the weekend, taking with them captive Lebanese soldiers, militant and security sources said on Thursday, as a truce to end the deadly battle appeared to hold.

Muslim clerics who had been mediating an end to five days of fighting in Arsal said they would negotiate for the release of remaining captives held by militants whose incursion into Lebanon marked the most serious spillover of Syria’s three-year-old civil war into Lebanese territory.

Aug 7, 2014

Militants pull out of Lebanese border town with captives

OUTSKIRTS OF ARSAL Lebanon (Reuters) – Militant Islamists have mostly withdrawn from a Lebanese border town they seized at the weekend, taking with them captive Lebanese soldiers, militant and security sources said on Thursday, as a truce to end the deadly battle appeared to hold.

Muslim clerics who had been mediating an end to five days of fighting in Arsal said they would negotiate for the release of remaining captives held by militants whose incursion into Lebanon marked the most serious spillover of Syria’s three-year-old civil war into Lebanese territory.

Aug 6, 2014

Saudi Arabia grants Lebanon’s army $1 billion in aid

RIYADH (Reuters) – The Lebanese army and Islamist militants clashed on Wednesday despite a ceasefire agreed to end five days of fighting that has killed dozens of people in the most serious spillover of Syria’s three-year civil war into Lebanon.

Saudi Arabian King Abdullah granted $1 billion to help the Lebanese army to bolster security as they battle militants who have seized the border town of Arsal on the Syrian frontier, state news agency SPA reported.