A special tribunal has indicted five members of Hezbollah for the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, seen by Syria then as a threat to its dominance in Lebanon. The prosecution's case has lacked a motive.
The fighting in northern Lebanon follows a series of unprecedented Sunni attacks against Lebanese troops in recent weeks. Sunnis in Lebanon accuse the army of being under the control of Hezbollah, a Shiite organization.
Turkey’s deadliest riots in more than a decade – at least 19 dead, 89 wounded, and 345 detained in Kobane-related violence – have prompted fears of reinvigorated internal strife among the country’s Kurds.
Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra, both targets of US-led airstrikes in Syria, are holding more than 21 Lebanese police and soldiers. Three have already been killed, and the government is under fire from captives' relatives.
Israel's top military officer warned today that Hezbollah's capabilities have grown substantially since the 2006 war, putting much of Israel within the reach of the Lebanese Shiite militant organization.