Lebanon & Syria

February 6, 2014

The Syrian government's Geneva II delegation is still reviewing last month's tumultuous talks. (AFP/File)
10:08 GMT

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.

Barrel bombs are typically made from a barrel that has been filled with High Explosives, with possibly shrapnel and/or oil, and then dropped from a helicopter. Due to the large amount of explosives that can be packed into a barrel the resulting detonation can be devastating, Wikipedia's definition for barrel bomb says. (AFP)
07:47 GMT

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.

Syria's Aleppo has been the target of regime barrel bomb attacks and airstrikes since December 2013 (File Archive/AFP)
07:03 GMT

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.

Lebanese emergency personnel inspect the wreckage of a minibus at the site of an explosion on February 3, 2014 in Shoueifat, south of the capital Beirut. [AFP]
05:56 GMT

A home being used as an arms cache was raided in Aydamoun exposing mortars, rockets and guns.

President Michel Sleiman receives Prime Minister designate Tammam Salam in Baabda on Wednesday. [DalatiNohra]
05:28 GMT

Expected to end next week, deliberations on forming Lebanon's new government are taking longer than citizens thought.

February 5, 2014

Assad has said he will not step down from his role as president of Syria, which is proving to be stumbling block in the Geneva peace talks. (AFP/File)
20:10 GMT

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said a peace conference in Geneva is the "only vehicle left" to engage Syrian leaders on political transition.

Fighters from Chechnya have boosted the rebel ranks with 14,000, the report said. (AFP/File)
17:12 GMT

Recent reports say that thousands of fighters from Chechnya and Saudi Arabia are battling against the government of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

The U.N. report detailed the "unspeakable suffering" of Syrian children. (AFP/File)
14:01 GMT

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.

Italy has offered one of its southern ports for the destruction of Syria's chemical weapon arsenal (Flippo Monteforte/AFP)
12:54 GMT

The Syrian government has missed another deadline for destroying its chemical arsenal.

ISIL expanded to Syria from Iraq after the conflict between regime forces and opposition groups erupted in 2011 (File Archive/AFP)
10:19 GMT

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.

The U.S. has largely backed the Syrian opposition while Russia has been a firm supporter of Syria's regime (File Archive/AFP)
07:45 GMT

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.

Akkar border towns have been frequently hit by Syrian shells since the war erupted in 2011 (Courtesy of the Daily Star)
06:46 GMT

Shells from Syria hit six Lebanese border towns in one night, damaging many houses and properties in the respective areas.

February 4, 2014

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian met with Swiss and Syrian officials Tuesday to discuss increasing aid access for Syrian civilians trapped inside the war-torn country (Courtesy of Press TV)
19:39 GMT

Syrian, Iranian and Swiss officials met in Tehran to discuss improving aid access to the victims of Syria's civil war.

Robert Ford has served as the U.S. ambassador to Syria since 2011 (File Archive/AFP)
17:09 GMT

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 U.N. WFP delivered its first aid airlift from Iraq to northeastern Syria in December (File Archive/AFP)
14:10 GMT

The United Nations World Food Program began airlifting more supplies to Syria's northeast region Tuesday.