The following are a selection of stories from Lebanese newspapers that may be of interest to Daily Star readers. The Daily Star cannot vouch for the accuracy of these reports.
Chaldean patriarch says U.S. behind ISIS
Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako has unleashed a vehement attack on the West, accusing the U.S. of supporting ISIS.
“America is behind ISIS, which is the crime of the century, and they want to brazenly displace Christians from their homes and churches,” Sako told Ad-Diyar, saying the reason was that the West’s labor force needed immigrants.
“But we will not leave our land, whatever the sacrifices,” he stressed.
Prince Salman moves to Paris to stimulate Saudi grant
A Lebanese official welcomed reports that said Saudi Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Salman bin Abdulaziz would visit France Tuesday to discuss hot issues, most notably violence in Syria and Iraq as well as the Saudi grant to boost the capabilities of the Lebanese Army in the face of the growing threat posed by extremist groups such as ISIS and the Nusra Front on the countries in the region, Europe and the world.
Qatar, Turkey negotiating with ISIS
Al-Akhbar has learned that former head of the Muslim Scholars Committee, Sheikh Salem Rafii, contacted the ISIS commander in Qalamoun, Abu Talal al-Hamad, urging him to extend the deadline by another three days to give a Qatari-Turkish mediation a chance and allow the negotiating team enough time to arrive.
Committee sources said Rafii warned ISIS against “slaughtering” any soldier because this would have a negative impact on Syrian refugees.
Al-Akhbar has also learned that the Lebanese government received assurances that ISIS would not kill any of the captive soldiers it held.
Eastern bishops hold world powers responsible for ISIS
The patriarchs and heads of eastern churches expressed dismay over the “regional and international" silence on the suffering of Christians in the Middle East.
They called – following a meeting held in Bkirki in the presence of Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai, Lebanon’s Vatican ambassador and representatives of the five permanent members at the U.N. Security Council – on the international community to assume their responsibilities in returning displaced Christian families to their homes.
They also urged Arab and Islamic countries to issue a fatwa criminalizing attacks on Christians, their churches and their property.
The patriarchs stressed on the role the international community can play in uprooting terrorism from the Middle East.
They held the international community responsible for the “growing" threat posed by ISIS and other takfiri and terrorist groups” and urged world powers as well as Arab countries to “put pressure against those financing these organizations.”