Liz Sly is the Post’s Beirut bureau chief, and is currently covering the turmoil in the wider Middle East. Before joining the Post, she covered Iraq for the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune. She has over two decades experience as a foreign correspondent, based in the Middle East, Africa, China, South Asia and Europe.
The fighting in the southern town of Sidon indicates rising sectarian tensions in the country.
Defected general Salim Idriss says he can turn the tide of the war if the United States gives him weapons.
The real significance of the policy shift may lie in the signal that the U.S. does not plan to stay on the sidelines.
As Hezbollah fighters help Assad’s regime survive, their chief sponsor, Iran, appears to benefit.