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    1. October 26, 2014

      Lebanese army steps up fight against Sunni militants in Tripoli

      Lebanese security forces used helicopter gunships in an assault on Islamist militant strongholds in northern Lebanon at the...

    2. October 25, 2014

      Lebanon army fights gunmen in Tripoli

      BEIRUT, October 25 – Two Lebanese soldiers died from their wounds on Saturday as the army clashed with Islamist gunmen in...

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    1. August 31, 2014

      Israel shoots down drone in Golan as security worsens

      Israel’s air force shot down a drone that entered its airspace from Syria on Sunday, in another sign of deteriorating...

    2. August 6, 2014

      Saudi Arabia gives Lebanon $1bn in military aid to fend off Isis

      Saudi Arabia has agreed to give Lebanon $1bn in military aid to help it fend off an advance by the Islamic State of Iraq and...

    3. May 25, 2014

      Lebanon political wrangling leaves presidency vacant

      Michel Suleiman, Lebanese president, finishes his term on Sunday with no one to replace him, as political wrangling leaves...

    4. May 18, 2014

      Rebels kill head of Syria’s air defence force

      The head of Syria’s air defence force has been killed in a rebel attack on the outskirts of Damascus, opposition and...

    5. May 16, 2014

      Lebanon on the brink

      Just after last Christmas, Mohamad Chatah, senior strategist to Saad Hariri, a former prime minister of Lebanon, was making...

    6. May 13, 2014

      Saudi Arabia moves to ease regional tensions with Iran

      Saudi Arabia has invited Iran’s foreign minister to visit Riyadh to ease tensions between the two Gulf superpowers, which...

    7. March 21, 2014

      Betrayal and disarray behind Syrian rebel rout in Yabroud

      A Syrian fighter wrapped in bandages rocks himself on a tattered mattress as visitors shoot rapid-fire questions, then looks...

    8. March 19, 2014

      Israel attacks Syrian military targets

      Israel said its air force bombed Syrian government targets on Wednesday in response to an earlier attack on its soldiers,...

    9. March 5, 2014

      Israel shoots Hizbollah fighters as tensions rise in Golan

      Israel’s military shot two Hizbollah fighters on Wednesday morning that it said were attempting to plant a bomb near the...

    10. February 25, 2014

      Israeli jets strike targets in Lebanon

      Israeli jets struck a mountainous area near the Lebanese-Syrian border late Monday, hitting a transit point in the war...

    11. February 15, 2014

      Lebanon forms government after 10-month deadlock

      BEIRUT, Feb 15 – Lebanon announced a new government on Saturday, breaking a 10-month political deadlock during which...

    12. January 28, 2014

      Egypt’s Mohamed Morsi in court to face conspiracy charges

      Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s toppled president, appeared in a Cairo court on Tuesday at the start of his second trial since his...

    13. January 2, 2014

      Beirut bomb kills at least five in Hizbollah stronghold

      A powerful car bomb explosion in a Hizbollah-controlled area of southern Beirut on Thursday killed at least five people and...

    14. December 29, 2013

      Saudi Arabia gives $3bn boost to Lebanese army

      Oil-rich Saudi Arabia has committed to give Lebanon $3bn to bolster its armed forces in a move meant to counter the rising...

    15. December 27, 2013

      Beirut blast kills Lebanese former minister who opposed Assad

      A powerful car bomb has killed a former Lebanese finance minister who served as a top adviser to the country’s main...

    16. December 21, 2013

      Egypt sends Morsi to trial in third case

      CAIRO, Dec 21 – Egypt’s deposed Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi, and 129 others including members of Hamas and Hizbollah,...

    17. December 4, 2013

      Hizbollah commander Hassan al-Laqqis assassinated in Beirut

      BEIRUT – A Hizbollah commander who fought in Syria’s civil war was shot dead outside his home in Lebanon on Wednesday in an...

    18. November 22, 2013

      Hizbollah tightens grip on Syria conflict

      The Iranian chicken is no longer available in the freezers of the government-subsidised shops in Damascus, but the memory of...

    19. FT Photo Diary

      November 19, 2013

      Deadly blast in Beirut

      Hasan Shaaban/Reuters Soldiers, policemen and medical personnel gather at the site of explosions near the Iranian embassy in...

    20. November 19, 2013

      Twin explosions leave 23 dead near Iran’s embassy in Beirut

      An al-Qaeda-linked Sunni extremist group on Tuesday claimed responsibility for twin blasts near Iran’s embassy in Beirut...

    21. November 10, 2013

      Lebanon’s Shia mourn martyrs amid sectarian tension over Syria

      In Beirut’s southern suburbs, people gather to hear stories of suffering. Dotted along the area’s thoroughfares are images...

    22. October 22, 2013

      Shutdown is just a part of Lebanese life

      The brief shuttering of government in Washington this month excited much sardonic merriment in Beirut. Some of it mocked a...

    23. October 20, 2013

      Hizbollah Mahdi schools mix maths with doctrine

      Minds are just as important as missiles to Hizbollah, the Lebanese militant group. It has invested heavily in both since its...

    24. September 27, 2013

      The sun sets on the west

      There’s a story the American writer PJ O’Rourke loves to tell about anti-Americanism. Covering Lebanon’s civil war in 1984,...

    25. September 8, 2013

      Oil security fears focus on Middle East

      When Antoine Halff, head of markets at the International Energy Agency, launched his organisation’s medium term review of...

    26. September 2, 2013

      Lebanon turns to apps to avoid growing violence linked to Syria

      As violence linked to the crisis in neighbouring Syria increasingly slips over the border, the Lebanese have come up with a...

    27. August 23, 2013

      Israel hits back at Lebanon after rocket attack

      Tensions along the Israeli-Lebanese border rose on Friday after Israel’s military said it had struck a site in southern...

    28. August 22, 2013

      Rockets fired at Israel from Lebanon

      Several rockets were fired into Israel’s tense northern border region from southern Lebanon on Thursday afternoon, causing...

    29. August 16, 2013

      Hizbollah steps up security after Lebanon bomb kills 22 in Beirut

      Hizbollah has stepped up security measures in its southern Beirut heartlands as Lebanon braces itself for fallout from the...

    30. August 15, 2013

      Powerful blast kills 14 people in Hizbollah’s Beirut stronghold

      A huge car bomb killed at least 14 people in the pro-Hizbollah southern suburbs of Beirut on Thursday evening, officials...

    31. August 7, 2013

      UN peacekeepers in Lebanon wary of EU ban on Hizbollah military

      As Irish peacekeepers browse market stalls in the south Lebanon town of Bint Jbeil, marching music associated with the...

    32. July 31, 2013

      Middle East: Battlelines drawn

      The Syrian soldier unlocked a bullet-pocked gate at south Damascus’s Sayyeda Zainab shrine, revealing a near-deserted street...

    33. July 29, 2013

      Syria government forces consolidate grip on key part of Homs

      Government forces backed by the Lebanese militant group Hizbollah pushed into a key opposition district in the central city...

    34. July 25, 2013

      Hizbollah members shrug off EU blacklist

      This summer’s fashionable colour in the clothes shops of the southern suburbs of Beirut is neon – only a shade brighter than...

    35. July 22, 2013

      Hizbollah has become a state above the state

      The EU has finally blacklisted the “military wing” of Hizbollah, the Shia Islamist paramilitary movement that has become a...

    36. July 22, 2013

      EU declares Hizbollah military wing a terrorist group

      The EU has declared Hizbollah’s military wing a terrorist group, a decisive shift in the bloc’s dealings with the Lebanese...

    37. July 21, 2013

      EU nears terror ruling on Hizbollah’s military wing

      A British-led campaign to have the EU declare Hizbollah’s military wing a terrorist organisation has been gaining momentum...

    38. July 17, 2013

      Militants assassinate pro-Assad Syrian in Lebanon

      BEIRUT, July 17 – Militants assassinated a well-known supporter of Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, in Lebanon early on...

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