Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Lebanon

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Lebanon

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See also Arab-Israeli Conflict, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Syria

Jan. 20: The highest military court in Lebanon ordered the arrest of 28 people on suspicion of involvement in the January 10 double suicide bombing that killed nine in Tripoli. The bombing took place in the largely 'Alawi section of Tripoli called Jabal Muhsin, and was thought to be the work of Sunni Islamists. The arrest order followed a week of government raids and arrests of Islamists around the country, including a raid on the Rumiya prison, a notorious base of operations for militant Islamists. [DS, 1/20, Reuters, 1/20]

Jan. 23: Syrian militants killed eight Lebanese soldiers in a border clash. While the group affiliation of the militants was unclear, both the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and the Nusra Front had launched similar attacks in the past, which included the capture of 20 Lebanese soldiers and police in August 2014. The militants launched a large attack near the Lebanese village of Ras Ba'albek, and the Lebanese military responded by shelling the militants. [AP, 1/25, Reuters, 1/23]

Feb. 2: Militants thought to be affiliated with ISIS briefly overran an army position on Hamra Hill, just over a mile to the east of Ras Ba'albek in the northern Biqa' Valley, but the army managed to regain control of the hill after receiving reinforcements. …

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