Forbidden by Islam but condoned by ISIS, the stimulant drug Captagon has been used to embolden suicide bombers and generate revenue.
Faced with financial challenges, the Lebanese militia has called on its base to support its fighters by outfitting them with military gear.
One member of the elite force lost his life and two others were wounded while repelling an al-Qaeda attack on Camp Badha in Duaan.
Airstrikes near the Libyan border hit terrorist outposts and staging points following a spate of attacks on Egypt's Christian population.
The stimulant, administered in pill form, has reportedly been sanctioned by ISIS as a means to facilitate 'jihad' as it gives fighters stamina.
As ISIS comes under fire in al-Raqa, it is searching for ways to open a supply route that reaches the outskirts of the Lebanese town of Arsal.
Twelve people have been killed in two separate attacks in Tehran claimed by ISIS propaganda agency Amaq.
Egypt is working to ensure that citizens who travelled to fight with extremist groups in Syria do not pose a security threat on their return.
Smugglers attempting to transport weapons across the Lebanese border are finding their pathways and waypoints are more stringently monitored.
Residents who fled Mosul tell of the group's practice of holding families hostage to use them as human shields against advancing Iraqi forces.