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July 10, 2014

De Mistura was confirmed by the UN Security Council earlier this week (AFP)
20:58 GMT
UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon confirmed Staffan de Mistura as the new UN Special Envoy to Syria.
Many Syrians were killed in a chemical attack last August (File Archive/AFP)
16:02 GMT
At least 170,000 people have been killed in Syria's three-year civil war according to a new death toll released by an activist group Thursday.

July 9, 2014

De Mistura previously served as the UN envoy in Afghanistan and Iraq (File Archive/AFP)
16:54 GMT
Staffan de Mistura was named to become the new UN envoy to Syria.
Raqqa is one of ISIS' main strongholds in Syria (File Archive/AFP)
16:30 GMT
At least twenty jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) were killed in a Syria government-led air raid Wednesday in the city of Raqqa.
Millions have fled the violence in Syria. (AFP/File)
11:48 GMT
Syrian rebels killed at least 14 people in Khatab village.
Syrian government troops walk through the besieged city of Aleppo, July 8, 2014 (File/AFP)
11:19 GMT
Syrian rebels have cited concern over the besieged city of Aleppo amid fears Syria's largest city will be recaptured by government forces.
A protester stands with a sign during an anti-Assad protest in Washington, 2013 (File/AFP)
08:04 GMT
A number of British firms provided the Syrian regime with chemical weapons in the 1980s according to a Foreign Office report seen by the BBC.
Bahra headed the opposition delegation at the Geneva II talks. (AFP/File)
07:22 GMT
The Syrian National Coalition, Syria's main opposition group, elected Hadi al-Bahra as their new president.

July 8, 2014

British citizens were recently pictured in a propaganda video by terrorist group ISIL (File/AFP)
11:00 GMT
Muslim leaders in the UK called for unity and urged British citizens not to travel to Iraq and Syria and join terrorist groups such as ISIL.
There are an estimated 1.5 million Syrian refugees residing in Lebanon (File/AFP)
07:34 GMT
Forty-five thousand Syrian refugees were removed from the UNHCR's registry and verification program in Lebanon because they "failed to keep in contact", according to a spokesperson.

July 7, 2014

Lebanon hosts millions of Syrian refugees. (AFP/File)
14:34 GMT
The head of Lebanon's parliamentary Health Committee MP Atef Majdalani said Syrian doctors and nurses are practicing illegally in Lebanese hospitals and clinics.
Earlier this week, a leaked report said ISIS planned to attack Lebanon (File/AFP)
13:02 GMT
A military judge on Monday charged 28 suspects with belonging to the radical Sunni group, the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria.
Kinda likes attentive and helpful actors! (Image: Facebook)
10:33 GMT
Kinda Alloush compares each acting role to a different dish... our guess is as good as yours!
Syrian refugees in Lebanon make up at least 27 percent of the population (File/AFP)
10:09 GMT
The complications surrounding Lebanon's policy for Syrian refugees are back on the negotiating table with the UNHCR.

July 6, 2014

Ahmad Jarba has served as president of the coalition for a year, the maximum term allowed by the group (File Archive/AFP)
15:26 GMT
Syria's opposition group will meet this week in Istanbul to elect a new president.
ISIS now controls most of Syria's oil fields as well as the country's eastern territories (Welayat Raqa/AFP)
14:11 GMT
At least 30,000 people were forced to leave their homes in eastern Syrian by the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) Saturday.
Lebanese soldiers stand beside the aftermath of a bombing in Bekaa Valley in December 2013 (File/AFP)
11:21 GMT
Lebanon's Internal Security Forces believe that radical Sunni militant group ISIS will strike the country with a series of attacks, according to a leaked report.
Regime barrel bomb attacks targeted the city of Aleppo daily in late 2013 and early this year (File Archive/AFP)
05:00 GMT
Violence throughout Syria left dozens more killed Saturday.

July 4, 2014

ISIS also remains in control of the city of Raqqa located in north central Syria (Welayat Raqa/AFP)
15:02 GMT
Jihadists in Syria now control all of the country's main oil and gas fields.
Photo used for illustrative purposes (AFP)
11:18 GMT
Syrian warplanes carried out at least three airstrikes on the outskirts of Arsal in east Lebanon Friday, killing a 12-year-old boy and wounding three family members

July 3, 2014

Al Qaeda-linked Nusra fighters were allegedly in control of the oil field before ISIS seized it Thursday (File Archive/AFP)
13:56 GMT
The jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) has allegedly taken over control of Syria's largest oil field.
A Danish ship arrives in southern Italy on July 2, 2014 prior to the transfer and destruction of Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons (File/AFP)
10:34 GMT
The Pentagon confirmed the full transfer of Syria's chemical weapons to an American vessel off the Italian coast.
Adham passes away after a long battle with cancer. (Image: Facebook)
09:03 GMT
Renowned Syrian actor Adham al Mulla passes away at the age of 82 on Wednesday morning.
The rebel groups singled out recent military gains by ISIS in northern Aleppo province, calling them a “threat to the Syrian revolution.”
08:32 GMT
Rebels in the north and east of Syria have vowed to lay down their arms if they don’t receive help to fight Al-Qaeda splinter group ISIS, as an offensive by a leading Islamist faction targets the militants in the Ghouta suburbs of Damascus.

July 2, 2014

Syrian rebels have been intensely fighting ISIS in parts of the Aleppo province, as well as in Raqa and Deir Ezzor (File Archive/AFP)
13:40 GMT
Syrian rebels will lay down their arms within the next week if they do not receive support from the exiled opposition to fight against the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS).
Lebanon's army patrols the streets of Tripoli (File/AFP)
13:16 GMT
Four people were injured Wednesday when an unknown assailant on a motorcycle threw a hand grenade into a coffee shop in Tripoli. One of the wounded is believed to be in critical condition according to sources.
Jamal hopes that his fans will love his latest role as Gamal Abdel Nasser. (Image: Facebook)
12:38 GMT
Jamal Suliman is careful to spare the feelings of his son Mohammad when it comes to Facebook!
Asala is loved by exactly 10 million people! (Image: Facebook)
11:16 GMT
Everybody loves Syrian superstar Asala Nasri, just ask her Facebook followers!
Abbas al Noury plays one of the characters on the traditional TV series "Bab Al Hara." (Image: Facebook)
09:28 GMT
Twitter users gave Syria's famous Bab al-Hara TV soap opera a Lebanese twist Monday, with people making jokes about common national stereotypes they said would creep into the popular Ramadan show if it was set in Beirut rather than Damascus.
Iraqi motorists queue for fuel following the country's recent violence (File/AFP)
09:11 GMT
Russia called on the UN Security Council to bar crude oil sales by terrorist groups including the the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria.
Young Syrian-Kurdish refugees play in the children zone, recently erected by United Arab Emirate's Red Crescent, on June 22, 2014, at the Qushtapa refugee camp, 15 kilometers South of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq. [AFP]
08:42 GMT
The UN children’s agency and Human Rights Watch (HRW) have called for the release of more than 100 Kurdish schoolboy and girls abducted by Takfiri militants in Syria late May.
Children stand in Rashidiyeh Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon (File/AFP)
08:38 GMT
Amnesty International slammed Lebanon after a leaked document instructed airlines no to bring Palestinian refugees from Syria to Lebanon.
Lebanon's security forces dismantled three terror cells this week after a wave of suicide attacks (File/AFP)
07:48 GMT
Both Hezbollah and Lebanese security forces prepared to coordinate against any potential ISIS attack, a senior security source said, Tuesday.

July 1, 2014

The MV Cape Ray will be used to destroy what are considered Syria's most dangerous chemical weapons (Mario Tosti/AFP)
19:56 GMT
The American MV Cape Ray arrived in Italy's Gioia Tauro port Tuesday to aid in the destruction of at least 1,300 tons of chemical weapons from Syria.
Deir Al Zor province has been a frequent place of fighting between ISIS and the Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front (File Archive)
16:17 GMT
Some Islamist groups in Syria have "dismissed" the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria's claim that they have established an Islamic caliphate.
Bassem Kousa stars in the Syrian drama "Pack Your Bags". (Image courtesy of Daily Star Lebanon)
15:13 GMT
As can be expected, Syria’s once-proud television drama and comedy industry continues to decline. This season, the few shows that exist are not as well done as years before the crisis began.
ISIS announced the creation of an Islamic caliphate this week (File/AFP)
12:56 GMT
ISIS captured a strategic Syrian border town from rebels, according to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

June 30, 2014

President Assad is currently battling the opposition for control of Syria. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Monday that ISIL sells oil to Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Idlib has been under government control since the beginning of the Syrian conflict in 2011. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
Mortar shells hit Idlib Monday killing at least 14 people.
Prime Minister Salam has rejected the proposal to communicate with Syrian officials because of his commitment to the Baabda Declaration. (AFP/File)
13:17 GMT
Prime Minister Tamman Salam said Monday that the Lebanese government will not communicate with the Syrian government over the Syrian refugee crisis.
Head of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was appointed as "the caliph" of "Muslims everywhere" during an audio recording (File/AFP)
08:43 GMT
Extremist militant group ISIS declared the formation of an Islamic "caliphate", citing the group's head, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as the "leader of Muslims everywhere".
ISIL's terrorist network has spilled over from Iraq and Syria into Lebanon (File/AFP)
08:03 GMT
Militant group ISIL announced the appointment of a leader for Lebanon to set up training camps according to LBCI television.

June 29, 2014

ISIS Takfiri Militants. (AFP)
16:23 GMT
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday that the incident happened in Deir Hafer in the east of Aleppo Province.
Omar Bakri Muhammad has been arrested multiple times in Lebanon for allegedly supporting terrorism (File/AFP)
12:20 GMT
The family of a radical preacher asked that he be allowed back into the UK, around ten years after he left for Lebanon, where he claims to have been tortured.
Jamal and Karim will be working together on "The Blue Elephant." (Image: Albawaba edit)
10:57 GMT
Elephants are good luck for Syrian actor Jamal Suliman, who's working on a new project based on the famous novel "The Blue Elephant."
Douma has been under rebel control for over two years. (AFP/File)
07:57 GMT
At least two people were killed and dozens more injured in a car bomb attack in Douma.

June 28, 2014

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, pictured right, and President Obama on the left. (AFP)
16:47 GMT
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey says he has prepared an “option” for President Barack Obama to consider the use of US military assets against “high-value individuals” in ISIL leadership.

June 27, 2014

Rebels fighter stand on the images of the late Syrian president Hafez al-Assad (R) and his son present Syrian President Bashar al-Assad at the Kasab border crossing with Turkey, in the northwestern province of Latakia. [AFP]
11:16 GMT
As the White House asked lawmakers to funnel $500 million towards moderate insurgents, Syria’s opposition government sacked the military command of the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) late Thursday over corruption allegations, Agence France-presse reported.