The Syrian regime has clawed back substantial rebel-held territory in the last year – with critical help from Iran. Homs, the 'capital of the revolution,' is perhaps the most significant win.
A Lebanese village well, newly crucial amid water shortages, is on the wrong side of the boundary between Israel and Lebanon, as is an add-on to a riverfront resort.
Tfail, located on a spit of land that extends into Syria, is surrounded by Syrian forces on three sides. Hezbollah, a regime ally, sits on the fourth side.
The battle for the last major rebel-held town in Qalamoun looms after a five-month campaign. A regime victory would afford it uninterrupted control of southwestern Syria.
The UN registered Lebanon's 1 millionth refugee today. The organization is struggling to keep up, with only 14 percent of its funding needs for 2014 met.
Arab leaders convened in Kuwait today amid disputes over the Syrian war, Sunni and Shiite regional influence, and Egypt's military government.
Israel bombed Syrian military targets in retaliation for IED attacks on Israeli troops, allegedly by Hezbollah. By targeting Syria, Israel sent a message that it holds Damascus responsible.
The Syrian rebel stronghold of Yabroud fell to Hezbollah and regime forces this weekend, sending rebels fleeing to Lebanon. A spate of rocket attacks and bombings have followed.
A painstaking Hezbollah and regime offensive in Syria's Qalamoun region is coming to its climax. A victory would sever the main route to Lebanon for fleeing civilians and military supplies.
Hezbollah has incurred its greatest casualties ever while fighting for the Assad regime in Syria. Emotional funerals for fallen 'martyrs' are a way to keep up morale.
Smartphone applications and other digital products are cropping up to help Lebanese and others in the region that face high incidents of violence.
Israeli airstrikes: Israel has not commented on reports that it struck a Hezbollah target Monday night, but the circumstances and recent history point to its involvement.
Since the offensive began on Feb. 10, more than 10,000 refugees have sought refuge in Arsal from the fighting in the strategically important Qalamoun region.
Losing Qalamoun would be a blow, cutting off access to smuggling trails and the highway connecting Homs, Damascus, and the coast.
A steady stream of weapons from Iran and Russia, as well as those seized from Syrian Army storehouses, is being sold in Lebanon, reversing the flow of the war's early days.
Today's suicide bombing of a van headed toward Beirut is the second since Saturday to target Shiite areas of Lebanon and the fifth this year. Their neighborhoods have been paralyzed.
A rebel victory in the strategic town of Qusayr would challenge the regime's narrative of a failing, divided opposition. The rebels' effort appears timed to gain clout in negotiations.
Rockets are flying in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, adjacent to the Syrian border, with some apparently being fired from Syria, making the border feel increasingly irrelevant.
Former Lebanon Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was a pragmatist who had been holding secret weekly meetings with Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah in the months leading up to his assassination.
The trial of Hezbollah members accused of killing former PM Rafik Hariri comes at a fraught time. As prosecution presented evidence in a Dutch courtroom, a car bomb went off in Lebanon.
By putting Hezbollah members on the stand, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, which is investigating former leader Rafik Hariri's assassination, could topple a delicate political balance.
Lebanon's moderate Sunni community is radicalizing, as shown by last week's suicide bombing in Beirut. Residents of the bomber's hometown expressed admiration for him to the Monitor.
The bombing follows Lebanon's arrest of a Saudi member of an Al Qaeda-linked group that bombed the Iranian embassy in Beirut in November.
Saudi Arabia is flexing its muscles in Lebanon, where the army is overshadowed by the powerful militant group Hezbollah, a key ally of Saudi rival Iran.
The Syrian Army wants to restore full regime control to the Qalamoun area, and is fiercely shelling rebels whose presence there threatens a key link to other areas.
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