Lebanon & Syria

February 12, 2014

Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility for the bombing of the Iranian Embassy in Beirut in November (File Archive/AFP)
11:09 GMT

Top Al Qaeda-linked Abdallah Azzam Brigades leader was arrested by the Lebanese army Wednesday.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has described the proposed U.N. resolution on aid access in Syria "one-sided" (File Archive/AFP)
09:10 GMT

Russia said that they will reject a U.N. resolution on aid access in Syria, saying it is "one sided," according to reports Wednesday. Convoys also waited on standby Wednesday to continue the evacuation process in Homs after the governor suspended the operation Tuesday due to "technical and logistical" reasons.

Children in Aleppo watch as regime barrel bombs destroy nearby neighborhoods (Khaled Khatib/Aleppo Media Centre/AFP)
07:48 GMT

Tuesday barrel bomb attacks on Aleppo killed at least ten people as regime forces continue to destroy Syria's second largest city.

Saudi Arabia announced that it would provide the $3 billion military grant shortly after the Beirut bombing  in December that left on of Hariri's former advisors Mohamad Chatah dead (Courtesy of the New York Times)
07:27 GMT

A French military delegation will meet with Lebanese leadership next week to discuss how the military grant from Saudi Arabia will be used to purchase French weapons.

Rebel fighters said that all women and children were evacuated from the village upon the commencement of fighting (Fadi Al Halabi/Aleppo Media Centre/AFP)
07:10 GMT

Rebels have denied reports saying that they committed a massacre in an Alawite village this week.

February 11, 2014

International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi told reporters Tuesday that peace talks in Geneva are making little progress (File Archive/AFP)
15:38 GMT

All-things Syria stalled Tuesday--ranging from the Geneva talks to the evacuation of civilians in the besieged city of Homs.

The city of Homs have been under government siege for over two years (File Archive/AFP)
12:50 GMT

Russia's Foreign Minister told reporters Tuesday that a new U.N. humanitarian resolution on Syria is "absolutely one-sided" and unacceptable, and the Syrian ambassador to Russia told reporters that the "most dangerous" chemical weapons in the country's stockpile will be removed by March 1 from the country.

Syrian rockets are frequently fired into Lebanon. (AFP/File)
11:55 GMT

Media reports said Tuesday that a rocket from Syria had landed near the Hezbollah stronghold of Hermel in Lebanon, but there is speculation

“Every Palestinian refugee who wanted to leave the camp was evacuated,” an official said on Monday. (AFP/File)
07:57 GMT

A purported deal to end the siege on Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria will require the Al Nusra Front group to leave the camp and for Palestinian groups to withdraw to a new region, an official said Monday.

Russia and China snubbed the U.N Security Council meeting as they feared it would "disrupt humanitarian efforts" in Syria. (AFP/File)
07:41 GMT

Russia and China have skipped a UN Security Council meeting called to discuss a draft resolution that would impose more sanctions on Syria unless the government gives unrestricted access to deliver aid.

February 10, 2014

Civilians leave the besieged district of the central Syrian city of Homs ahead of being evacuated by United Nations (UN) staff to a safer location, on February 9, 2014. (AFP)
13:46 GMT

As the U.N. finished evacuating some 700 people from the besieged city of Homs over the weekend, a fresh round of peace talks between the Syrian regime and opposition began in Switzerland.

A rebel fighter poses for a picture inside a building in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on February 9, 2014.
12:57 GMT

At least 21 civilians and 20 pro-regime fighters were killed in an Alawite village in Syria's Hama province on Monday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

ISIL have even been rejected by Al Qaeda's chief, Ayman Al Zawahiri. It took three days of fierce clashes to oust ISIL from Deir Ezzor (AFP/File)
11:07 GMT

The militant group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant were ousted from Syria's eastern province of Deir Ezzor on Monday after a hard three-day battle with Islamist rebels, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

A civilian in a wheel chair is aided by an armed man ahead of being evacuated by United Nations staff, from the besieged district of the central Syrian city of Homs to a safer location. (AFP)
06:35 GMT

Some 1,800 residents remain trapped in a blockaded area of Homs as the U.N. struggles to evacuate the city's besieged residents, 700 of whom have been removed from Homs since Friday.

February 9, 2014

Barrel bombs have killed hundreds of civilians in Aleppo including women and children (File Archive/AFP)
13:20 GMT

The Syrian government dropped more barrel bombs on Aleppo Sunday killing at least 11 people.