Syrian media has accused Israel of bombing a military research center near Damascus. The allegations are causing furor within Syria and among its allies.
Lebanese media say a car bomb has exploded at a checkpoint in the eastern Bekaa Valley, killing three Hezbollah guards. Hezbollah's own media has denied the deaths. The attack took place close to the border with Syria.
A bomb attack has killed two Lebanese soldiers and wounded three near the Syrian border. In August, the area was the scene of a major battle between the Lebanese army and jihadists who had streamed across the border.
The "Islamic State" (IS) is now also threatening Lebanon with acts of violence and propaganda designed to foment discord. The terrorist group is exploiting the country's age-old religious tensions.
Britain and Germany have said they will not participate in any airstrikes on Syria. However, they will consider other ways of eliminating the "Islamic State" group from Iraq and Syria.
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