Lebanon & Syria

February 27, 2014

A suicide bomb exploded near Iran's Embassy in Beirut in late 2013. The Lebanese based Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility. (AFP/File)
08:24 GMT

Nidal Sweiden was arrested by the Lebanese army for his involvement in recent bombings.

The August 2013 chemical attack is considered the world's deadliest in the past 25 years (File Archive/AFP)
08:11 GMT

The Syrian regime has agreed to a new April deadline for its chemical weapons removal after failing to meet previous December and February deadlines.

According to Washington, the Syrian government has been arresting and rounding up relatives of the Genava II peace talks opposition delegation. (AFP/File)
07:55 GMT

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

A handout picture released by the United Nation Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) on February 26, 2014 shows residents of Syria's besieged Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp. (AFP/UNRWA)
15:59 GMT

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.

Al Qaeda chief Ayman al Zawahiri has called on all jihadists in Syria to unite and end their infighting. (AFP)
15:36 GMT

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.

A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) allegedly shows the corpses of dozens of rebel fighters whom state media and a monitoring group said were killed on February 26, 2014 in an army ambush east of Damascus. (AFP)
13:29 GMT

Syrian troops loyal to President Bashar Assad killed dozens of Al Qaeda-linked rebels in an army ambush near Damascus, state media reported Wednesday.

Hariri was assassinated in Lebanon in 2005 (Courtesy of Al Arabiya)
10:37 GMT

Judges at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon have adjourned the trial of five Hezbollah members who are accused of assassinating former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri until mid-May to allow defense lawyers to prepare their case for one of the five accused.

Cyberattacks against the Syrian regime were eventually ruled out in 2011 due to concerns that Washington would face its own set of attacks in response (File Archive/Shutterstock)
08:36 GMT

A recent report released this week by the New York Times shows that Washington considered launching cyberattacks against the Syrian regime in an effort to prevent airstrikes against civilians in the first days of the country's civil war.

Nusra fighters blamed ISIS for killing Al Qaeda leader Abu Khaled Al Suri late last week (File Archive/AFP)
06:57 GMT

Al Qaeda-linked ISIS issued an ultimatum to the leader of Syria's Nusra Front Tuesday in an effort to end the violence between the two opposition groups. Regime forces also made advances on Aleppo late Tuesday.

U.N. leadership announced Tuesday that Syria has become the world’s largest exporter of refugees (File Archive/AFP)
05:00 GMT

The U.N. announced Tuesday that Syria has become the world's largest exporter of refugees globally

February 25, 2014

The delivery of aid to Syria's most pressing areas was agreed upon in a U.N. resolution. (AFP)
09:32 GMT

About 6,650 food rations in three areas of Damascus where rebels and the army reached a truce were distributed by Syria’s Red Crescent on Monday, Agence France-Presse reported.

Smoke billows from the site of reported airstrike by pro-regime planes in the eastern Ghouta suburb of Damascus on February 22, 2014. (AFP)
07:05 GMT

Activists reported that air raids on rebel-held towns across Syria killed 26 people Monday, just two days after the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution demanding an end to indiscriminate shelling and aerial attacks in the Syrian conflict.

February 24, 2014

Lebanon has been targeted by a number of suicide bombers over Hezbollah's involvement in Syria. Last week, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah vowed that his group would keep fighting in Lebanon's war torn neighbor. (AFP/File)
07:02 GMT

Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Hezbollah’s pullout from Syria could put an end to suicide bomb attacks that have struck Lebanese areas where the group enjoys wide support.

February 23, 2014

Former Prime Minister Hariri left Lebanon in early 2011. (AFP/File).
14:16 GMT

Saad Hariri recently stated that he may return to Lebanon for the president election in the spring.

Atmeh is home to a refugee camp, where nearly 30,000 displaced Syrians reside. (AFP)
14:11 GMT

At least 10 people were killed on Sunday when a car bomb struck a field hospital in the Syrian town of Atmeh near the border with Turkey.