January 4, 2014
The al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on Saturday claimed responsibility for the suicide car bombing last week in the stronghold of the “criminal” Shiite militant group Hezbollah.
A newly formed Syrian Islamist rebel alliance has declared war on the powerful al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and joined other opposition groups in battling the extremists. For its part, Syria’s main opposition National Coalition says it backs the rebel fight against al-Qaeda.
Egypt summoned the Qatari ambassador in Cairo on Saturday following concerns expressed by the Gulf state over the crackdown on Islamist demonstrators.
A Chinese frigate which will help escort Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons out of the country docked in Cyprus on Saturday as part of a delayed international mission.
An al-Qaeda-linked Saudi suspect detained in Lebanon has died, it was reported on Saturday, after being transferred to a military hospital due to “poor health” a day earlier.
The Syrian National Council, a key group within Syria’s mainstream opposition National Coalition, reaffirmed on Friday it will not attend the “Geneva II” peace talks scheduled for later this month in Switzerland.
January 3, 2014
Al-Qaeda leader in the Iraqi city of Ramadi Abu Abelrahman al-Baghdadi was killed on Friday, Al Arabiya correspondent reported, as tribesmen and government forces battled militants in the Sunni province of Anbar.
At least two protesters were killed as Muslim Brotherhood supporters clashed with Egyptian security forces in Cairo and several other cities on Friday, Al Arabiya correspondent reported, quoting a security source.
Al-Qaeda-linked fighters have besieged some areas in the northwestern Syrian province of Aleppo and are readying to storm the village of al-Atareb nearby, Al Arabiya News Channel reported activists as saying on Friday.
The Prague neighborhood where a safe explosion killed the Palestinian ambassador is seeking to oust the new Palestinian embassy complex from its territory, the Associated Press reported on Friday.
Iraqi police, together with armed tribesman, Friday succeeded in reclaiming control of a police station in the Sunni area of one of Anbar’s largest cities, Fallujah, as clashes renewed with al-Qaeda militants, Al Arabiya’s correspondent reported.
Syrian refugees are expected to be issues service cards that will use iris-scanning technology for identification.
Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) accused of of being “worse than the Assad regime,” by Islamist rebels.
January 2, 2014
U.S. diplomat John Kerry arrived in Israel to work on major issues of a Middle East peace deal.
The second explosion in the capital of Beirut has claimed four lives and wounded 66 after a car bomb detonated.