Lebanon & Syria
February 6, 2014
An official close to Syrian President Bashar Assad said that the regime has still not decided whether or not it will attend the second round of peace talks, which are due to take place next week.
Pro-Syrian opposition media site Halab News said that since the regime started barrel bombing the northern city of Aleppo, more than 1,500 families had tried to flee to rebel held areas across Syria and that a "refugee crisis" was taking place.
Syrian opposition leader told reporters Wednesday that rebels would soon receive advanced weapons in their fight against fringe Islamist extremist groups like ISIL. U.S. Secretary of State also admitted Wednesday that Syrian President Bashar Al Assad's regime is making gains against the opposition.
A home being used as an arms cache was raided in Aydamoun exposing mortars, rockets and guns.
Expected to end next week, deliberations on forming Lebanon's new government are taking longer than citizens thought.
February 5, 2014
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said a peace conference in Geneva is the "only vehicle left" to engage Syrian leaders on political transition.
Recent reports say that thousands of fighters from Chechnya and Saudi Arabia are battling against the government of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria.
A new United Nations report has slammed both sides warring in Syria for the abuse and distress they have inflicted upon children during the nearly three-year-old conflict.
The Syrian government has missed another deadline for destroying its chemical arsenal.
The jihadist opposition group ISIL signed a truce with the Islamist rebel brigade Suqour Al Sham, signalling an end to violent clashes between the two groups.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called the Syrian regime's barrel bombing of Aleppo "barbaric" while Russian officials met with Syrian opposition leader, Ahmad Jarba.
Shells from Syria hit six Lebanese border towns in one night, damaging many houses and properties in the respective areas.
February 4, 2014
Syrian, Iranian and Swiss officials met in Tehran to discuss improving aid access to the victims of Syria's civil war.
The top U.S. diplomat to Syria announced plans to retire from his post by the end of February to friends and colleagues Tuesday.
The United Nations World Food Program began airlifting more supplies to Syria's northeast region Tuesday.