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Hezbollah, Syria army launch offensive at Syrian-Lebanese border.

BEIRUT - Lebanon's Hezbollah and the Syrian army launched an offensive to drive insurgents from their last foothold on the Syrian-Lebanese border on Friday, a pro-Damascus military commander said.

- Reuters - US

UNHCR ready for emergency Arsal response, but so far little need.

The United Nations refugee agency Friday said that it was prepared to deal with an influx of refugees displaced by the ongoing Hezbollah offensive near Arsal, but added that so far there appeared to be little impact on the Syrian population in the area

- The Daily Star - LB

A timeline of the spillover of the Syrian civil war into Lebanon.

Hezbollah's ground offensive in Arsal, launched early Friday, comes after years of sporadic flare-ups of violence in Lebanon as a result of Syria's ongoing civil conflict

- The Daily Star - LB

Aoun receives report on Arsal situation.

President Michel Aoun followed up on the security situation along the Lebanese-Syrian border Friday, in meetings with officials at Baabda Palace

- The Daily Star - LB

Lebanese detainee in Iran phones Hariri.

Prime Minister Saad Hariri received a telephone call Friday from Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese national and U.S. permanent residence, imprisoned in Iran, a statement from the prime minister's office said.

- The Daily Star - LB

Hezbollah and Syrian army launch attack on border area.

Lebanese armed group and Syrian soldiers attempting to clear fighters from the Juroud Arsal mountainous border area.

- Al Jazeera - QA

Lebanon's Hezbollah launches Syria border operation.

BEIRUT, July 21 — Lebanon's powerful Hezbollah group said today its fighters had begun an operation against militants on both sides of the country's border with Syria. The operation has been anticipated for several weeks, and comes after...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Hezbollah, Syria army launch offensive at Syrian-Lebanese border.

BEIRUT - Lebanon's Hezbollah and the Syrian army launched an offensive to drive insurgents from their last foothold at the Syrian-Lebanese border on Friday, a pro-Damascus military commander said.

- Reuters - US

Hezbollah, Syrian Army Attack Insurgents Along Lebanese Border.

Lebanon’s Hezbollah and the Syrian army launched an offensive to drive insurgents from their last foothold at the Syrian-Lebanese border Friday, a pro-Damascus military commander said. The operation targeted insurgents from the Nusra Front group in the mountainous outskirts of the Lebanese town of Arsal and areas near ...

- Voice of America - US

New Sanctions Against Hezbollah and All its Supporters?.

US lawmakers introduced legislation on Thursday to strengthen sanctions against the Hezbollah extremist group. The proposed law, which is an amendment to existing sanctions, was introduced by Democrats and Republicans in both the House and the Senate, the Reuters news agency reported. © 2017 The Times of Israel. All rights ...

- Albawaba - UK

Hezbollah says captured militant position, inflicted casualties east of Arsal.

Hezbollah says captured militant position, inflicted casualties east of Arsal

- The Daily Star - LB

Lebanese Army engages group of terrorists trying to flee to Arsal, NNA reports

Lebanese Army engages group of terrorists trying to flee to Arsal, NNA reports

- The Daily Star - LB

Lebanese Army targets terrorists trying to flee to Arsal: NNA

Lebanese Army soldiers were engaging "a group of terrorists" trying to flee to Arsal town Friday, after Hezbollah launched a ground offensive to clear militants from nearby areas, the National News Agency reported.

- The Daily Star - LB

Lebanese Army allows refugees to flee to Arsal

Lebanese Army facilitate the passage of Syrian refugees to Arsal town, fleeing a Hezbollah offensive in the outskirts, a military source said.

- The Daily Star - LB

World reacts to Israel-Palestinian fallout over al-Aqsa

US, Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon weigh in as protests continue over Israeli-led restrictions on Palestinians at holy site.

- Al Jazeera - QA

Syrian army and Hezbollah launch attack near Lebanese border

- Townhall.com - US

Hezbollah, Syria army launch offensive at Syrian-Lebanese border: pro-Assad commander

BEIRUT - The Lebanese group Hezbollah and the Syrian army launched an offensive on Friday to clear militants from an area of the Syrian-Lebanese frontier, a commander in the military alliance fighting in support of President Bashar al-Assad said.

- Reuters - US

Syrian army and Hezbollah launch attack near Lebanese border

The Syrian army and members of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group have launched a major ground offensive in a border area between the two countries.

- FOX News - US

Cutting US support to the Lebanese Army is “strategically stupid,'says Ex-US defense official

From the imposing ramparts of a newly constructed military base, fortified by rock-filled blast barriers and an armor-plated watchtower, Lebanese soldiers keep a careful eye on the adjacent border area with Syria, which until not long ago was home to Syrian rebel groups and extremist militants. International attention on ...

- Ya Libnan - US

Hezbollah and Syrian army launch attack on border area

Lebanese armed group and Syrian soliders attempting to clear fighters from the Jaroud Arsal mountainous border area.

- Al Jazeera - QA

US Lawmakers Want Fresh Sanctions on Hezbollah

Republican and Democratic U.S. lawmakers introduced legislation on Thursday seeking to increase sanctions on Hezbollah, accusing the powerful Shiite Muslim political group of violence in Syria and amassing rockets along Israel's border. The bill, an amendment to existing sanctions on the group, seeks to further restrict its ...

- Voice of America - US

First Saudi jobs website for women aims to get more in the workforce

BEIRUT, July 21 — An Algerian biomedical engineer is on a mission to make it easier for women to find work in Saudi Arabia by creating the first job-searching website for females in the deeply conservative kingdom. Australian-born Naziha...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Hezbollah, Syria army launch offensive at Syrian-Lebanese border: pro-Assad commander

BEIRUT - The Lebanese group Hezbollah and the Syrian army launched an offensive on Friday to clear militants from an area of the Syrian-Lebanese frontier, a commander in the military alliance fighting in support of President Bashar al-Assad told Reuters.

- Reuters - US

Hezbollah not concerned about cease-fire deal in Syria

The cease-fire brokered by the United States, Russia and Jordan in south Syria does not seem to worry the Lebanese Hezbollah movement, which is widely involved in the Syrian war, like it worries its archenemy Israel.

- Al-Monitor - EG

Judges strike over salary, benefit cuts

Judges across Lebanon went on strike Thursday to protest changes to their salaries and benefits, which they say will reduce their social standing and threaten their independence.

- The Daily Star - LB

Defense argues with chamber over legal protocol at STL

Controversy about procedure and the role of international third-party courts emerged Thursday following the prosecution's presentation of evidence at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

- The Daily Star - LB

Army, HRW spar over deaths in custody

The Lebanese Army Thursday rejected accusations of torture and ill-treatment of Syrian detainees and said there will be a transparent investigation into the death of four Syrian nationals in Army custody.

- The Daily Star - LB

National Plan for Palestinian Refugees

The Lebanese Working Group on Palestinian Refugee Affairs Thursday released a report that outlines the first national approach to the issue of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.

- The Daily Star - LB

Aoun, Hariri condemn attacks against Syrian refugees

For the second time this week, President Michel Aoun Thursday denounced recent attacks on Syrian refugees, as well attempts to use the refugee crisis as a tool to destabilize Lebanon.

- The Daily Star - LB

Pressure on Arsal militants as offensive looms

Syrian forces and Hezbollah fighters Thursday targeted militant positions on the outskirts of Arsal with artillery, missiles and airstrikes in an effort to force militants to lay down their weapons and leave the area, a security source told The Daily Star Thursday.

- The Daily Star - LB

U.K. Embassy unveils 'Mobile Visa Service' in Lebanon

Visa applications for Lebanese traveling to the United Kingdom can be done through an application at a location of their choice, using a new service revealed by the embassy Thursday.

- The Daily Star - LB

Making way for accessible Beirut streets

Pedestrians in Beirut are acutely aware that traversing the city's sidewalks may just as likely land you in hospital as your destination, but a major redesign of Hamra's Jeanne d'Arc Street could see a new model of urban planning emerge.

- The Daily Star - LB

Cabinet passes test of diplomatic postings

The Cabinet Thursday made a wide range of diplomatic appointments and transfers, the biggest in seven years, to fill some vacant posts in key countries in a move underlining Lebanon's fresh diplomatic drive under the mandate of President Michel Aoun.

- The Daily Star - LB

New taxes could reduce banks' profitability

The newly endorsed taxes will probably affect Lebanese banks' consolidated profits in the coming years but will not dissuade lenders from financing the state's needs, economists and bankers said Thursday.

- The Daily Star - LB

Syria rebels blindsided by U.S. move, say jihadists to benefit

BEIRUT/AMMAN - Syrian rebels said on Thursday a U.S. decision to halt a covert CIA program of military aid would mark a big blow to the Syrian opposition and risked allowing jihadists to tighten their grip over the insurgency.

- Reuters - US

Kuwait expels Iranian diplomats over spy 'terror' cell

Kuwait's action comes in response to Iran and Hezbollah allegedly running a spy cell in the country. Unlike some Gulf Arab states, Kuwait has relatively good relations with Iran.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Extremists open fire on protesters in Syria's Idlib: monitor

Beirut, July 20, 2017 - Extremists from a coalition led by Al-Qaeda's former Syria affiliate fired on protesters in northwestern Idlib province on Thursday, a day after killing a demonstrator in the area, a monitor said.

- The Daily Star - LB

Watchdog renews calls for Lebanese probe in Syrian deaths

An international watchdog has renewed its calls for an independent and transparent investigation into the recent deaths of at least four Syrians in Lebanese army custody, as well as allegations of torture and ill-treatment of the detained.

- FOX News - US

Kuwait Shuts Iran Cultural Mission, Expels Some Diplomats

Kuwait says it is shutting the Iranian cultural mission and related offices in the Gulf Arab state and reducing the number of Iranian diplomats stationed in the country. The official Kuwait News Agency announced the move in a brief statement Thursday. It says the move is related to the case of a terrorist cell broken up in ...

- Voice of America - US

Kuwait tells Iranian embassy to cut staff after spy case

Last year Kuwait convicted 23 men - one Iranian and the rest Kuwaiti - of spying for Iran and Lebanese Shi`ite Muslim group Hezbollah after a cache of guns and explosives were discovered in a raid of the so-called "Abdali cell" in 2015.

- Zee News - IN

Kuwait shuts Iran cultural mission, expels some diplomats

Kuwait says it is shutting the Iranian cultural mission and related offices in the Gulf Arab state and reducing the number of Iranian diplomats stationed in the country. The official Kuwait News Agency announced the move in a brief statement Thursday. It says the move is related to the case of a terrorist cell broken up in ...

- DAWN - PK

Parents of missing U.S. journalist Austin Tice ready to work with 'any group' to secure his release

Speaking from Beirut, the Tices renewed calls for the release of their son, a journalist who was detained in Syria five years ago.

- Washington Post - US

Parents of kidnapped U.S. journalist Tice renew plea for release

The parents of a U.S. journalist kidnapped in Syria nearly five years ago issued a new plea for his release on Thursday. Austin Tice, a freelance reporter and former U.S. Marine from Houston, Texas, was kidnapped in August 2012 aged 31 while reporting in Damascus on the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. "We ...

- Yahoo! News - US

STL official briefs Hariri on developments

Special Tribunal for Lebanon Registrar Daryl Mundis updated Prime Minister Saad Hariri Wednesday on the ongoing trial of the five suspects indicted in the 2005 Beirut bombing that killed former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and 21 others

- The Daily Star - LB

Kuwait 'takes actions' on diplomatic relationship with Iran

Last year Kuwait convicted a group of men - one Iranian and the rest Kuwaiti - of spying for Iran and Lebanese Shi`ite Muslim group Hezbollah.

- Zee News - IN

Sudanese man drowns in south Lebanon

A Sudanese man was found dead Thursday on a beach in south Lebanon, a security source told The Daily Star

- The Daily Star - LB

Hariri back in Beirut before first official U.S visit

Prime Minister Saad Hariri returned to Beirut Thursday after meeting with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah, in the lead up to the Lebanese premier's first official Washington D.C. visit

- The Daily Star - LB

Tunisia bans Wonder Woman after al-Chaab complaint

Tunisia joins Lebanon and Qatar in banning US blockbuster featuring a former soldier with the Israeli army at its helm.

- Al Jazeera - QA

Tunisia bans Wonder Woman after Al-Chaab complaint

Tunisia joins Lebanon and Qatar in banning US blockbuster featuring a former soldier with the Israeli army at its helm.

- Al Jazeera - QA

Lebanon: Deaths, Alleged Torture of Syrians in Army Custody

– Lebanese authorities should conduct an independent, thorough, and transparent investigation into the deaths of Syrians in military custody and allegations of torture and ill-treatment in detention, Human Rights Watch said today. On July 4, 2017, the Lebanese military issued a statement saying four Syrians died in its ...

- Human Rights Watch - US

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