Lebanon & Syria
March 3, 2014
Hezbollah is experiencing a surge in recruits wanting to fight in Syria in support of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad, according to statements this week.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov are due to be in Paris this week for a discussion of the spillover of the Syria conflict and its impact on Lebanon, but the ongoing crisis in Ukraine is set to dominate the discussion.
Fighters with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have attacked the Kurdish-dominated northern Syrian village of Tel Marouf and destroyed a Sufi shrine belonging to Sheikh Khaznawi.
The truce in the Palestinian camp of Yarmouk in southern Damascus was broken Sunday with shelling and firefights enveloping the area.
March 2, 2014
Government air strikes have left at least 13 people dead in a small town on Syria's Turkish border.
March 1, 2014
Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah, the head of Hezbollah, met with an Iranian parliamentary member in Lebanon this weekend.
The Lebanese government shut down two gas centers after receiving intelligence that the facilities may be the target of a terrorist attack.
February 28, 2014
Samir Gaega, Lebanon's Forces leader, comes out publicly against Hezbollah's position in Syria after an Israeli airstrike inside Lebanon on Monday.
Members of the Syrian National Coalition claim that those ambushed by Damascus in a recent attack were for the most part civilians looking to escape a siege in a nearby area.
February 27, 2014
Unidentified militants threw hand grenades and exchanged gunfire near an army post in Tripoli late Wednesday, leaving one injured as the security situation continues to deteriorate in the restive Lebanese city.
Nidal Sweiden was arrested by the Lebanese army for his involvement in recent bombings.
The Syrian regime has agreed to a new April deadline for its chemical weapons removal after failing to meet previous December and February deadlines.
The United States on Wednesday accused the Syrian government of undermining the Geneva peace talks by rounding up and arresting the relatives of opposition delegates, adding that Russia is amping up its assistance to President Bashar Assad.
February 26, 2014
The United Nations agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) on Wednesday released shocking images of Palestinians queuing for food parcels in Syria's Yarmouk refugee camp.
Some 3,300 people have been killed as a result of infighting between the rebel groups seeking to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad since the start of 2014, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.