Lebanon & Syria
February 17, 2014
Syrian regime forces continued to shell the town of Yabroud and the rest of the Qalamoun area over the weekend as part of an all-out assault on the rebel stronghold.
Senior British security officials say that two hundred and fifty UK-based jihadists have returned home after fighting in Syria, and that they pose a threat to the country's security and stability.
February 16, 2014
The Lebanese army discovered and dismantled a car bomb in the Bekaa Valley Sunday, shortly ahead of Hezbollah leader's Hassan Nasrallah's planned speech.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated Lebanon on the formation of the new Lebanese cabinet, and called on Premier Tammam Salam to bring stability to the restive Levant country.
A spokesman for the UN's Palestine refugee agency said Saturday that UNRWA has been unable to distribute aid in Yarmouk for the past week, leading to a potentially "life-threatening" situation for those trapped in the besieged camp.
Syria's government has added the Geneva talk's opposition delegates to a "terrorist list" and seized their assets.
February 15, 2014
After talks to end a 10-month political crisis in Lebanon and appoint a new government were once again stalled on Friday, late-night talks between officials have revived hopes for the country.
February 14, 2014
Lebanon’s prime minister-designate Tammam Salam was set to present a proposed cabinet line-up to the president Friday as he looks to end a 10-month vacuum, an aide told AFP.
February 13, 2014
Russia proposed a rival U.N. resolution on the humanitarian crisis in Syria to key Security Council members on Wednesday after saying Moscow would veto a Western and Arab-backed measure threatening sanctions against Syria.
Al Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades shared a video online in which the group confirms that they will continue to target Hezbollah until the latter group withdraws from the conflict in Syria.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Wednesday that Syrians have been dying in greater number since the peace talks began in Geneva three weeks ago.
The United Nation's Palestine refugee agency UNRWA is "closely monitoring" reports that evacuations and the delivery of humanitarian aid to Damascus' Yarmouk refugee camp had resumed, after they were halted last week after clashes erupted.
After one Al Qaeda capture and several munitions and explosive finds, the Lebanese army is finding success in random sweeps.
February 12, 2014
On Wednesday, a small convoy brought crucial humanitarian aid into the besieged Syrian rebel quarter of Homs following a weekend attack on a similar effort that left five people dead.
The Syrian opposition coalition conducting peace talks with the Syrian government in Geneva presented on Tuesday its vision of 24 “basic principles” for a political settlement to end the three-year-old Syrian civil war.