Syria street in Tripoli in northern Lebanon is on the front line of a religious and political conflict. Sunnis versus Shi'ite Alawites. Both groups are Muslim - but they're bitter enemies.
Sectarian fighting in northern Lebanon's Tripoli long predates the violence in Syria. Yet, as violence presses on in Syria, locals say they are "tied to the map" of the region. Patrick Strickland reports from Tripoli.
Iraqi authorities say a key Iraq-Syria border crossing has fallen into control of Islamic State insurgents. Monitors also say IS has executed more than 200 people around the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra.
A suicide bomb attack in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli has claimed at least seven lives. The blast occurred in a coffee shop in an area home to loyalists of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
US President Barack Obama has reassured Persian Gulf allies of US support in the event of external aggression. Sunni Arab leaders have expressed concern about the ambitions of Iran, especially in Shiite-Sunni hotspots.