5 Sided War: Lebanon / Daeshi / Syria / Hezbollah

But Syria’s Al-Qaeda branch renewed a threat that it will execute one of 27 Lebanese soldiers it has held hostage since August unless the military halts its operations in Tripoli.

The coastal city has seen repeated clashes between Sunni militants sympathetic to rebel fighters in neighbouring Syria and Alawites loyal to the Damascus regime.

The Sunnis have recently focussed their attacks on the army over its alleged support for Damascus ally Hezbollah.