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U.S. Arms Airdrop Falls into Jihadist Hands in Syria

A U.S. military airdrop of weapons meant for Kurdish fighters fell into the hands of their jihadist foes near the Syrian battleground town of Kobane, a monitor said Tuesday.

The U.S. Air Force parachuted crates of weapons, ammunition and medical supplies on Sunday night to resupply Kurds defending the Syrian town of Kobane from the Islamic State group (IS) jihadists.

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Moqbel Begins Three-Day Visit to Tehran

Defense Minister Samir Moqbel on Saturday started a three-day visit to Tehran for talks expected to culminate in him securing military equipment to bolster Lebanon's fight against jihadists.

His visit comes two weeks after Iran vowed to supply the Lebanese army with much-needed equipment following its deadly clashes with fighters from the Islamic State group and al-Qaida affiliate, al-Nusra Front, on the Syrian border in August.

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Jumblat Rejects Iran Grant, Coordination with Syria as He Refuses Terrorist Label for Nusra

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat on Tuesday rejected any military coordination between the Lebanese and Syrian armies and warned that the proposed Iranian grant would create “obstacles” for the country.

“It is inevitable to reach an internal settlement in order to preserve the military institution and address the repercussions of the Syrian war on Lebanon,” Jumblat said in an interview on OTV.

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Jordan Begins Trial of 8 on Charges of 'Joining' Hizbullah, Acts of 'Terrorism'

A Jordanian military court began on Monday the trial of eight suspects on charges of joining Hizbullah and trying to commit "terrorist acts" in the kingdom.

According to Jordan's Petra News Agency, the military commission at the State Security court held a session to begin the trial of eight people accused of belonging to Hizbullah.

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'FSA-Held' Hizbullah Fighter in Video Plea as Party Seizes Militants Bodies

A “war of hostages” appears to have started between Hizbullah and Syrian rebels in the border region of Qalamun, with sources announcing that the Lebanese group has seized the bodies of dozens of militants and the Free Syrian Army publishing a video featuring a Hizbullah captive.

Syrian activists were on Thursday circulating the video, in which a Hizbullah fighter identified as Imad Ayyad urges his family to “meet the demands” of the FSA should they contact them.

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Qassem Says Shebaa Blast 'Message to Israel', Brital Attack 'Total Failure' for Militants

Hizbullah deputy chief Sheikh Naim Qassem on Tuesday described the bomb attack that targeted an Israeli patrol in the occupied Shebaa Farms as a message that is “addressed exclusively to Israel,” although it came two days after fierce battles with jihadist militants in Brital's outskirts.

“The bombs were detonated based on the movements of the enemy's troops and this means that the resistance is ready and its eyes are open,” Qassem said in an interview on OTV.

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Kataeb Calls for a 'Major Operation' to Close The Eastern Border, Protect It

The Kataeb Party called on Monday for the implementation of a "major operation" to close the border between Lebanon and Syria after the violent clashes between Hizbullah and al-Nusra Front.

It also called for the "cessation of the parallel issues that make the presidential election a marginal issue."

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8 Hizbullah Fighters Killed During Clashes in Outskirts of Brital, Attack Was on 10 of Its Positions

Hizbullah repulsed on Sunday an attack by al-Nusra Front on ten of its positions and they didn't lose any of their positions, but Ain Saat for more than an hour.

Hizbullah managed to thwart the attack on its other positions. Eight of its fighters were killed, while al-Nusra Front stated that it attacked a position and killed eleven fighters of Hizbullah.

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Al-Rahi Attends Vatican Synod on Family

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi attended at the Vatican on Sunday a landmark two-week synod of bishops on the family.

Pope Francis opened the synod of bishops from around the world, which will review Church teaching on the family and marriage.

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Appeals Panel Says STL Has Jurisdiction over al-Jadeed Case

A Special Tribunal for Lebanon appeals panel on Thursday reversed a decision by the Contempt Judge, who had ruled that the court does not have jurisdiction to sue al-Jadeed television on charges of contempt.

“The Appeals Panel of three judges appointed to consider an appeal relating to the STL’s jurisdiction in (the case against New TV S.A.L) has decided by majority that the STL does have jurisdiction to hear cases of obstruction of justice against legal persons (corporate entities),” the STL said in a statement.

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