Fighting began when regime forces launched an offensive to cut off rebel supply routes and break the siege of two Shiite towns.
Al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria launched a double suicide attack in a predominately Alawite neighborhood of Tripoli.
Al Qaeda’s Syrian branch targeted Hezbollah positions near the Lebanese border in the Qalamoun region of Syria. Lebanese and Syrian sources say the positions have not fallen, and the fighting still rages, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The Treasury Department targeted six al Qaeda financiers and facilitators yesterday. Their work spans the globe, covering more than 10 nations from the Middle East to Southeast Asia.
The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, has threatened to kill a second Lebanese hostage. The group has already executed a Lebanese soldier who had been held in its custody since August.
The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, explained its decision to release more than 40 UN peacekeepers in a video released earlier this week. The group disputes published reports saying that it demanded to be taken off the UN’s list of designated terrorist organizations. And it says the hostages were freed in compliance with sharia law.
The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, has announced its responsibility for the detention of 45 UN peacekeepers in Syria. The group claims its actions are justified because the UN supposedly works “against Muslims.”