Confirmed: Syrian warplanes bomb northern Lebanon - US





A US State Department official has confirmed that Syrian warplanes attacked and bombed a section of northern Lebanon today.

Victoria Nuland told reporters at a press briefing that Syrian jets and helicopters fired rockets into northern Lebanon.

Nuland condemned the attack and described it as “a significant escalation” of the conflict.



  
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2-yr-old boy's throat slashed in St. Ann

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Over 100 cleanup projects registered for Int'l Cleanup Day - JET

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Over 600 child delegates attend first National Children's Summit

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Car overturns along Municipal Boulevard

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Ananda Alert issued for 13-yr-old St. Thomas girl

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4.5 magnitude earthquake strikes near Barbuda

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Nigerian villagers say scores of persons abducted in latest Boko Haram attack

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Swansea beats Man United at Old Trafford

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