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    Quote Originally Posted by kashifraza View Post
    There were militants in Syria trying to cross into Arsal, Lebanon; and initially, the Lebanese Sunnis were sympathetic to these militants crossing over from Syria; but when these Syrian militants abducted Lebanese soldiers, and beheaded them; they started supporting the Lebanese Army and Hezbollah. Most Lebanese Sunnis in Arsal and other border regions are supporting the Lebanese Army and Hezbollah now, because if that wasn't the case, militants in Syria would have crossed over, and gotten refuge there. They tried their best, but they were driven out by the Lebanese Army and Hezbollah.
    You're thinking of border regions but this is mostly related to civilian clashes. They happen a lot and before Syrian conflict too. Army is just solving small disputes. Hopefully it doesn't turn sectarian and common thing anytime soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Falcon29 View Post
    You're thinking of border regions but this is mostly related to civilian clashes. They happen a lot and before Syrian conflict too. Army is just solving small disputes. Hopefully it doesn't turn sectarian and common thing anytime soon.
    Yes, I hope it doesn't turn sectarian; but reading about developments in the Middle East, I have little hopes of that right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kashifraza View Post
    Yes, I hope it doesn't turn sectarian; but reading about developments in the Middle East, I have little hopes of that right now.
    Lebanese aren't that sectarian, it's more like they think there's a cultural divide. They treat Sunni/Shia like cultural tribes so diaologue should work and hopefully Hezbollah withdraws from Syria in the near future.

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    Lebanon: Tripoli fighting gives way to tense calm



    A tense calm is reported in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli after days of deadly fighting between Sunni militants and government troops.

    Soldiers entered the Bab al-Tabbaneh neighbourhood, to where the militants had retreated, on Monday, though there were no reports of clashes.

    At least 10 soldiers, five civilians and about two dozen militants have been killed since Friday.

    The fighting is some of the deadliest to have hit Lebanon for months.

    Earlier, thousands of civilians left Bab al-Tabbaneh during a lull in the violence between troops and the militants, believed to be linked to al-Qaeda.

    Army commanders ordered a truce to allow residents to flee.

    The militants have threatened to execute captured soldiers if the army refuses to call off its operation.

    Sectarian divide
    The clashes erupted on Friday after an incident in an outlying village the day before, in which three militants allegedly linked to Islamic State (IS) were killed.

    On Saturday fighting raged in the Tripoli's Old City, a candidate for Unesco world heritage status.

    Although there have been several bouts of fighting in Tripoli since war broke out in Syria, the recent clashes mark the first time militants have occupied its historic heart.

    On Sunday reports emerged that the Sunni gunmen had retreated into Bab al-Tabbaneh.



    The retreat came after government troops including commandos attacked with tanks and armoured vehicles.

    Following the lull in fighting on Sunday night, thousands of men, women and children fled the neighbourhood, according to the AFP news agency.

    Men were searched by soldiers occupying the area, reported the agency, while women escaped wearing only their pyjamas.

    A statement released by the Nusra Front, al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, warned the Lebanese army to call off its attack, threatening to harm hostages if commanders failed to follow its instructions.

    "We call on it to lift its siege and accept a peaceful solution," the statement said, "or else we will be forced in the coming hours to bring closure to the issue of the soldiers we are holding hostage, given that they are prisoners of war."



    Tripoli, like the rest of Lebanon, is sharply divided along largely sectarian lines between supporters and opponents of the regime in Syria.

    The militants fighting in Tripoli accuse the army of siding with the Shia Hezbollah movement, a key supporter of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, says the BBC's Jim Muir in Beirut.

    Although mainstream Sunni clerics and politicians are opposed to the radicals in Tripoli, the militants nevertheless have their roots in the Sunni community, he adds.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-29783741

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    Gunmen kill Lebanese soldiers in ambush near Syria border



    At least six Lebanese soldiers have been killed in an ambush by gunmen near the border with Syria, officials say.

    The attack reportedly happened in the eastern region of Ras Baalbek and was followed by clashes.

    The state-run National News Agency said the Lebanese military had called in air support to the area.

    Lebanese soldiers have been battling militants loyal to Islamic State (IS) and the al-Nusra Front along the Syrian border.

    On Tuesday the UK government told the BBC it is spending £20m ($30m) to boost border security along the frontier.

    The latest attack comes after Lebanese security forces detained a wife and son of IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi at a border crossing near the town of Arsal.

    The Lebanese army say the pair were picked up 10 days ago and were trying to enter Lebanon from Syria with forged papers.

    Lebanese security forces have arrested a number of jihadists suspected of carrying out attacks in the country with the aim of expanding the influence of Islamic State.

    IS and the al-Nusra Front, al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, are holding hostage around 20 Lebanese army soldiers who were captured during fighting near Arsal in August.

    They are threatening to kill them unless militants are freed from Lebanese jails.
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-30299307

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    Lebanon 'holding IS leader's daughter and ex-wife'



    DNA tests confirm Lebanon is holding the young daughter of Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the country's interior minister says.

    Nohad Machnouk told Lebanon's MTV television that the child's mother, who is also in custody, was now believed to be one of Baghdadi's ex-wives.

    On Tuesday, Lebanese security officials said they had detained his wife and son at a border crossing with Syria.

    But Iraq's government later insisted the woman was not married to Baghdadi.

    It said the woman - identified as Saja al-Dulaimi - was the daughter of an active member of al-Qaeda's affiliate in Syria, al-Nusra Front.

    She is also thought to have been detained by the Syrian authorities before being freed in March as part of a prisoner exchange with al-Nusra.

    Pregnant
    Late on Wednesday, Mr Machnouk told MTV that Ms Dulaimi had been travelling with two sons and a daughter when they were detained by the army two weeks ago.

    "Dulaimi is not Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's wife currently. She has been married three times: first to a man from the former Iraqi regime, with whom she had two sons," he said.

    "Six years ago she married Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi for three months, and she had a daughter with him. Now, she is married to a Palestinian and she is pregnant with his child."

    The minister added: "We conducted DNA tests on her and the daughter, which showed she was the mother of the girl, and that the girl is [Baghdadi's] daughter, based on DNA from Baghdadi from Iraq."

    It is not clear how the Iraqi authorities have the IS leader's DNA. However, in 2005 he was arrested by US forces in Iraq and spent the next four years a prisoner at Camp Bucca, near the southern town of Um Qasr, before being handed over to the Iraqi authorities and then released.

    Mr Machnouk said Ms Dulaimi's children were staying at a care centre while she was being interrogated at the defence ministry's headquarters.

    IS has not commented on their detention, but al-Nusra has condemned it.

    One Lebanese official has said it is a "powerful card to apply pressure" in negotiations with IS and al-Nusra, who are holding more than 20 Lebanese soldiers and police hostage. They are threatening to kill them unless militants are freed from Lebanese jails.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-30330461

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    Syrians entering Lebanon face new restrictions

    New restrictions on Syrians entering Lebanon come into force on Monday, further tightening the flow of asylum seekers trying to escape the war.

    Previously, travel between the two countries was largely unrestricted, but now Syrians will have to obtain a visa.

    It is the latest in a series of steps to stop the influx of refugees. Lebanon already hosts more than a million.

    It is unclear what the rule will mean for the many Syrians already in the country and not registered as refugees.

    Before now, Syrians could stay in Lebanon for up to six months automatically. Under the new measure, Syrians wanting to enter Lebanon will have to fulfil certain criteria in order to be granted a visa at the border.

    Analysis: Paul Wood, BBC News, Beirut

    The figures are astonishing. There are some 1.1 million officially registered Syrian refugees in Lebanon, perhaps another half a million Syrians who are not registered.

    So one in three of the population of this tiny, fragile country is a Syrian. It's as if more than 20 million refugees arrived in Britain.

    In Lebanon, rents are up, wages are down, and refugee families are living 10 or 15 people to a room, or in makeshift camps in the mud and snow.

    Resentment against Syrians is increasing. Some towns and villages have imposed curfews on the new arrivals, enforced by vigilante groups. Above all, many Lebanese fear the country's religious and sectarian balance is being altered in a way that will eventually trigger a renewed civil war here.

    Every Syrian wanting to enter the country will need to state a clear purpose for their visit, and, if approved, a visa will be issued for a certain duration.

    Syrians coming to work in Lebanon will also have to be sponsored by a Lebanese individual or company.

    Huge strain

    Lebanon has long been struggling to cope with the number of refugees fleeing the war in Syria.

    There are currently more than 1.1 million registered refugees in Lebanon, equivalent to a quarter of the population, putting a huge strain on the country's infrastructure and resources.

    The Lebanese government says the actual number of refugees in the country is about 1.6 million.

    In October, Lebanon's social affairs minister announced that the country would stop accepting all refugees except emergency cases, but would still allow Syrians to enter for other purposes, such as work and tourism.

    The UN said the number of refugees registering with it in Lebanon had dropped dramatically as a result.



    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30657003

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    Re: Lebanon security news

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    Re: Lebanon security news

    Quote Originally Posted by bilalhaider View Post
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    I don't believe there is anything serious in Lebanon. However it is ongoing situation so Hezbollah can't deal with Israeli threat. And Israel sees opportunity to make offensive gains against Resistance axis as Iran and Hezbollah are weakening due to lack of resources.

    As the video stated, US refuses to allow sovereign army to arm itself properly all because of Israel. If another Arab state falls into chaos, Israel and all it's allies bear full responsibility.

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    Israel bolsters army presence along Lebanon border

    The IDF further bolstered its presence along the Lebanon border Thursday in anticipation of a possible retaliatory attack by Hezbollah for an airstrike on members of the terror group allegedly carried out by Israel on Sunday.

    According to defense officials, the IDF has mobilized ground and air forces to the border region and deployed Iron Dome anti-missile batteries throughout northern Israel as precautionary measures.

    Israeli TV reports noted “a massive military presence” in the North, with locals speaking of the highest tension in the area since the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah war.

    Heightened tensions along the border are the result of a deadly airstrike that killed 12 Lebanese Hezbollah operatives and Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps members near Quneitra, on the border with Syria on Sunday. The dead included an Iranian general and a senior Hezbollah commander, Jihad Mughniyeh, son of slain terror mastermind Imad Mughniyeh.

    The Israeli government has not confirmed it was involved in the airstrike on the record, but officials have admitted as much off the record.

    Iranian officials have threatened harsh retaliation against Israel for Sunday’s strike. Revolutionary Guards chief Mohammad Ali Jafari said Tuesday that Israel should anticipate “devastating lightning,” according to the Iranian Tasnim news agency, and that Iran would widen its support for Muslim fighters in the Middle East “until the final collapse of the Zionist regime.”

    A Kuwaiti newspaper reported Thursday that the Iranian general, Mohammed Allahdadi, was the target of Israel’s alleged aerial strike, countering anonymous Israeli claims that the military was unaware of Allahdadi’s presence in the targeted convoy.

    A source also told the paper that Iran was unlikely to respond directly but would instead continue to arm Hezbollah.

    An unnamed Israeli official had told Reuters on Tuesday that Israel was sure it was striking “an enemy field unit that was on its way to carry out an attack on us at the frontier fence” rather than a high-ranking Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) general.

    But anonymous “knowledgeable sources” told Kuwaiti daily al-Rai that Israel knew exactly who was in the convoy, and why he was visiting the Golan Heights.

    On Wednesday, a terror alert was called for northern communities after the army suspected a breech of the border fence with Lebanon, prompting authorities to close nearby roads and instruct local residents to remain indoors due to a possible infiltration by Hezbollah operatives. The alert was called off a short while later after the IDF confirmed that it was a false alarm.

    Hours before the infiltration scare on Wednesday, a convoy of civilian vehicles in Lebanon flying Hezbollah flags fired shots in the air near the border.

    According to reports in Lebanese media this week, Iran and Hezbollah, in coordination with the Assad regime, were preparing “a large strategic plan” to engage the IDF along the 150-kilometer (93 mile) Israeli border with Syria and Lebanon, and training local militias on the Syrian Golan to combat Israel.

    In the wake of rising tensions, IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz canceled an upcoming trip to a NATO conference of military chiefs in Europe

    The IDF’s Northern Command told residents to expect road closures, an increase of military traffic on roads, and air force activity overhead

    http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-...ebanon-border/

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    Hezbollah, Syrian Army Make Strategic Gains Against Al Qaeda-Led Rebels In Battle Of Qalamoun



    Forces aligned with the Syrian regime made major gains on Monday as the battle against al Qaeda’s Syrian branch continues on the border between Lebanon and Syria. The battle is likely to make major changes to the landscape of control in Syria and has now threatened to irreversibly drag Lebanon into the conflict.

    Hezbollah and the Syrian army pushed out rebel fighters from a strategic hill in the Qalamoun border region on Monday. Ras al Maara overlooks the Lebanese border and gives pro-regime forces access to other rebel strongholds in the area and control over a major rebel supply line that leads to the Damascus suburbs.

    On Monday in Syria, pro-regime forces seized the Ma’br al-Kharbah border crossing, effectively cutting off a rebel supply line that ran from the Damascus suburb town al Zabadani to the mountainous Qalamoun region. Because of the town’s proximity to the Lebanese border, rebels were believed to use the supply line to smuggle resources from Lebanon into Syria and vice versa.

    Over the weekend, sources close to Lebanon’s armed political group Hezbollah claimed that the group raided one of the largest Nusra training camps in Al-Juba, a rugged and desolate region near the Lebanese border.

    The Syrian army and Hezbollah have been fighting Syrian opposition forces led by al Qaeda’s Jabhat al-Nusra on both the Lebanese and Syrian sides of the border for the past week, and both factions have incurred casualties.

    On Monday, two Nusra commanders were reportedly killed, including Abu Shuwaikh, the group’s commander for military operations in Ras al Maara, according to Hezbollah’s news outlet al-Manar.

    At least three Hezbollah fighters have been killed since clashes began last Monday, although rebel sources claim that the number is much higher. Over the weekend, Lebanese Hezbollah fighters Syed Hassan Mohammad Mousawi, Basel Mohammad Basmeh and Abbas Hassan Yaseen were reportedly killed.

    http://www.ibtimes.com/hezbollah-syr...battle-1917734

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