Lebanon & Syria

March 21, 2014

The Syrian conflict has increasingly pulled neighboring countries such as Lebanon into the three-year-old civil war, putting a strain on the government's ability to operate properly. (photo courtesy: theguardian.com)
18:40 GMT

Members of the international community have expressed frustration at Lebanon's inability to move forward with several development projects.

March 20, 2014

Lebanon's government ended a nearly 11-month standoff in February when it announced the formation of a new cabinet (AFP/File)
17:43 GMT

The new Cabinet easily won a confidence vote in parliament.

The opposition fighters were attempting to flee into nearby Lebanon, AFP reported. (AFP)
12:09 GMT

Troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad killed 11 rebels as they fled the village of Al Hosn, home to a famous Crusader castle, for the nearby Lebanese border, military sources reported on Thursday.

Violence rages near Lebanon's border with Syria as fighting continues to spill over from the Syrian civil war. (AFP/File)
10:54 GMT

Syrian forces have closed the Bqaiaa crossing amid heavy fighting.

Lebanese troops are deployed in the Lebanese town of Arsal on the border with Syria on March 19, 2014 after the reopening of the main road out of the town after a night of tension. (AFP)
07:06 GMT

Clashes intensified on Thursday between the Syrian regime troops and gunmen along the Lebanese-Syrian border with shelling and gunfire targeting the Akkar border area.

The soon-to-be-vacated Syrian diplomatic buildings and facilities may be entrusted, the State Department said Wednesday, to "a third State." (AFP)
05:00 GMT

The U.S. Department of State provided additional details Wednesday regarding the ordered closure of the Syrian embassy in Washington and its honorary consulates in Michigan and Texas.

March 19, 2014

Lebanon is increasingly being derailed by the spillover of violence in Syria. (AFP/File)
19:52 GMT

At least two rockets from inside Syria have reportedly landed in the eastern Lebanese border town of Hermel.

The uprising in Syria - which quickly turned into a full blown civil war - first began in Deraa, where Gharaz Central Prison is located. (AFP/File)
18:53 GMT

Syrian rebels have taken control of a prison outside the city where the uprising began three years ago and freed dozens of inmates, activists said Wednesday.

Wednesday's attack by the Assad regime took place in a northwestern Damascus suburb. (AFP)
17:01 GMT

Syria’s government air force on Wednesday bombed a northwestern suburb of Damascus, killing eight people, activists reported. The attack violated a truce that was made between rebels and regime fighters in October.

The closed Syrian embassy is pictured in Washington on March 18, 2014. The US closed down Syria's embassy in Washington and ordered its remaining diplomatic staff to leave the country if they were not US citizens. (AFP)
15:05 GMT

Russia and Syria have slammed the United States for its decision to close Syrian embassy and consulates in the country, saying that it proves "Washington is seeking a regime chance in Damascus".

The Lebanese army was deployed to the town of Arsal Wednesday following Tuesday evening's protests as well as in response to the growing spillover from the neighboring war in Syria (STR/AFP)
12:16 GMT

The Lebanese army reopened the only road that is connected to the border town of Arsal Wednesday after protesters took to the streets and blocked several major roads throughout the country Tuesday evening.

March 18, 2014

A suicide car bomb exploded in Lebanon's Bekaa valley earlier this week as sectarian tensions escalate (AFP)
20:52 GMT

Lebanese protestors blocked several roads throughout Lebanon Tuesday in protest of what they are describing as the "siege" of Arsal.

The Syrian army has largely been in control of the entire Latakia province since the start of the civil war in 2011 (File Archive/AFP)
19:00 GMT

Five rockets have targeted Syria's main transit port for its chemical weapon destruction since the start of the month.

Tammam Salam to hold talks in hopes of curbing violence in Lebanon. (AFP/File)
07:47 GMT

Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam is expected to hold talks with Tripoli's lawmakers to discuss recent violence.

A pro-government forces member flashes the "V-sign" for victory next to a comrade in the main square of the Syrian town of Yabroud on March 16, 2014. (AFP)
06:48 GMT

Syrian regime forces began an assault Monday on the last rebel-held areas in the Qalamoun mountains, strategically located on the Lebanese border, after overrunning a key opposition bastion.