Lebanon & Syria
February 12, 2014
Top Al Qaeda-linked Abdallah Azzam Brigades leader was arrested by the Lebanese army Wednesday.
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.
Tuesday barrel bomb attacks on Aleppo killed at least ten people as regime forces continue to destroy Syria's second largest city.
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.
Rebels have denied reports saying that they committed a massacre in an Alawite village this week.
February 11, 2014
All-things Syria stalled Tuesday--ranging from the Geneva talks to the evacuation of civilians in the besieged city of Homs.
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.
Media reports said Tuesday that a rocket from Syria had landed near the Hezbollah stronghold of Hermel in Lebanon, but there is speculation
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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
The Syrian government dropped more barrel bombs on Aleppo Sunday killing at least 11 people.