Lebanon & Syria
September 26, 2013
UNSC announces agreement on draft, SNC leader to return to Syria Thursday, and Assad says US attack on Syria still remains a possibility.
The UN returned to Syria Wednesday to collect more evidence on the country's chemical weapon arsenal and will not attempt to accuse any parties "at the time being" according to a UN official.
September 25, 2013
The Free Syrian Army signed a petition against Iran's participation in proposed Geneva II talks, denounces the Syrian National Coalition, and calls for an Islamist framework for opposition against Assad.
The Lebanese army stopped a bus carrying soldiers from the Sunni extremist, Al Qaeda affiliated Nusra Front group from entering Lebanese territory in the Bekaa valley.
The UN team tasked with following up on chemical weapons usage in Syria have arrived in Beirut, and are expected to travel to Damascus later today.
September 24, 2013
A car bomb in a Southern Damascus neighborhood has killed at least seven people.
UN chemical weapons inspectors are expected to return to Syria on Wednesday, according to the Russian government.
Diplomatic talks between the US and Russia on destroying the Syrian government's chemical weapons are 'not going in the direction they should', a senior Moscow official said Tuesday.
President Michel Sleiman will deliver an address before the UN General Assembly on the spiraling refugee crisis in Syria and hopes of a political deal among international rivals.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday warned that Russia would consider any military strike against Syria an act of 'aggression' and it would breach international law, according to the UN charter.
Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah on Monday denied claims made by the Syrian opposition that his group received large quantities of chemical weapons from Damascus.
September 23, 2013
800 members of Lebanon's security force were preparing for their takeover of the Hezbollah-dominated southern Beirut suburb on Monday after the government was criticized for letting the Shiite group control the state.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told China's state television in Damascus that he is confident that Russia and China will ensure that the UN draft resolution will not include military action against Syria.
Abu-Abdallah al-Libi, a top commander of al-Qaeda front group The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was killed in Syria late Sunday following clashes late last week in Azaz.
September 22, 2013
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Sunday that Moscow is prepared to send military observers to Syria to ensure the plan to eliminate Syria's chemical stockpile goes smoothly.