Lebanon & Syria

February 4, 2014

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian met with Swiss and Syrian officials Tuesday to discuss increasing aid access for Syrian civilians trapped inside the war-torn country (Courtesy of Press TV)
19:39 GMT

Syrian, Iranian and Swiss officials met in Tehran to discuss improving aid access to the victims of Syria's civil war.

Robert Ford has served as the U.S. ambassador to Syria since 2011 (File Archive/AFP)
17:09 GMT

The top U.S. diplomat to Syria announced plans to retire from his post by the end of February to friends and colleagues Tuesday.

The U.N. WFP delivered its first aid airlift from Iraq to northeastern Syria in December (File Archive/AFP)
14:10 GMT

The United Nations World Food Program began airlifting more supplies to Syria's northeast region Tuesday.

Aleppo has been pounded with regime barrel bomb attacks, leaving at least 30 dead thus far on Tuesday (Mohammed Al Khatieb/AFP)
12:49 GMT

Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister told reporters Tuesday that the Syrian government will attend the second round of peace talks with the opposition that is scheduled to commence Feb. 10 in Geneva, while regime forces continued to pound Aleppo with barrel bombs.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry reportedly asked Russia to put pressure on the Syrian government to speed up the destruction of its chemical weapons arsenal. (AFP/File)
07:50 GMT

The Syrian government has announced its plans to remove a major shipment of chemical weapons out of the country this month, a Russian official said Tuesday.

Lebanese emergency personnel inspect the wreckage of a minibus at the site of an explosion on February 3, 2014 in Choueifat, south of the capital Beirut. [AFP]
07:01 GMT

In what is seen as a rise in attacks on Hezbollah supporters, another suicide bomber claiming to represent the Nusra Front has killed himself and wounded others in Lebanon.

February 3, 2014

Lebanese rescuers and emergency personnel gather around the wreckage of a minibus at the site of an explosion on February 3, 2014 in Choueifat, south of the capital Beirut. [AFP]
18:05 GMT

Another car bomb exploded in southern Beirut killing two.

Bombs targeted the Iranian Embassy in Beirut late last year (File Archive/AFP)
08:04 GMT

Analysts predict that bombings will continue in Lebanon until Hezbollah retracts it decision to intervene in Syria's civil war.

Al Qaeda fighters launched a deadly double attack on Aleppo. (AFP/File)
07:37 GMT

A double bomb attack in Aleppo carried out by al-Qaeda-affiliated group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), claimed the lives of at least 16 Syrian rebel fighters on Sunday, an NGO said.

Dozens of Yarmouk residents are dying from hunger - according to activists, they've been surviving on a diet of stale vegetables, herbs, powdered tomato paste, animal feed and cooking spices dissolved in water. (AFP/File)
07:10 GMT

Four people died in Yarmouk refugee camp over the weekend despite the UN delivering food packages and humanitarian supplies to the besieged Damascus neighborhood.

Member of the Loyalty to Resistance parliamentarian bloc in Lebanon, MP Ali Fayyad. [islamicinvitationturkey]
05:53 GMT

After a deadly suicide bombing in Lebanon, Hezbollah MP calls for accountability of jihadist groups.

The uprising in Syria has caused intense clashes in neighboring Lebanon. [HusseinMalla]
05:35 GMT

A back-alley dispute has left one dead and several others wounded in Tripoli.

February 2, 2014

Palestinian children hold a protest - complete with fake coffins - in solidarity with the starving and besieged residents of Yarmouk. (AFP/File)
09:38 GMT

PLO official Ahmad Majdalani said that food convoys for the besieged residents of Damascus' Yarmouk refugee camp have safely entered the area for the third day in a row.

Female Al Qaeda soldiers are not unheard of - here, Somali women carry weapons during a demonstration organized by the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabab group in 2010. (AFP/File)
08:45 GMT

The Al Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has launched two female battalions in Syria's northern city of Raqqa in a bid to expose anti-ISIS activists.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry "will never apologize for speaking the truth about the brutality of the Assad regime". (AFP/File)
08:04 GMT

The U.S. State Department denied that it had sought to have direct negotiations with the Syrian regime at the Geneva II peace talks, as Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem claimed after the talks to Syrian media.