Lebanon & Syria

January 27, 2014

Rebels in Aleppo have been the target of regime air strikes almost daily over the past month (File Archive/AFP)
09:56 GMT

United States officials confirmed Monday that it has restarted nonlethal aid deliveries to the Syrian opposition.

Buildings are in shambles after the city of Homs has been through the three year civil war in Syria. [AFP]
08:54 GMT

Aid convoy ready to enter Homs to relieve women and children after Syrian peace talks in Geneva give the open door.

 Lebanese security forces patrol a street of the northern port city of Tripoli on January 23, 2014 as the army deployed following clashes between supporters and opponents of Syria's regime. (AFP)
07:19 GMT

Residents of Lebanon's northern city Tripoli are preparing for renewed violence and fighting as new, unknown fighters - presumed to be allied to Salafist leader Hussam al-Sabbagh - have entered the restive city.

 Adnan Mansour, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lebanon, speaks during peace talks of the so-called Geneva II conference in Montreux. [AFP]
05:43 GMT

Lebanon reaches for governmental autonomy despite the result of the Geneva II conference.

January 26, 2014

UN-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi reacts during a press conference at the United Nations Offices in Geneva on January 26, 2014. [AFP]
19:39 GMT

Women and children trapped in a besieged Syrian city will be permitted to leave “immediately” under a deal that marked the first tangible sign of progress in peace talks.

Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zohbi speaks to the press at the United Nations Offices in Geneva on January 26, 2014. [AFP]
11:12 GMT

Release of prisoners is expected to be a top agenda item on Sunday's Geneva II peace talks.

A Syrian refugee family in Lebanon waits to receive food vouchers from an NGO in the southern part of the country (Courtesy of Ya Libnan)
07:49 GMT

While many diplomats and organizations refer to them in mass numbers, a solution to be solved and other crisis jargon, refugees weigh in on their perspectives and opinions of Syria talks in Geneva.

Hermel has been victim of Syrian rocket fire over the past three years as the neighboring civil war continues (Courtesy of Naharnet)
06:57 GMT

Five rockets from Syria hit Lebanon's Hermel area Saturday in an attack claimed by the Abdullah Azzam Brigades.

Lebanese security forces patrol a street of the northern port city of Tripoli on January 23, 2014 as the army deployed following clashes between supporters and opponents of Syria's regime. [AFP]
00:53 GMT

A recording by a previously unknown figure was distributed on jihadist forums on Saturday, announcing the creation of a Lebanese franchise for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Agence France-Presse reported.

January 25, 2014

UN-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi speaks during a press conference in Geneva on January 25, 2014. [AFP]
22:14 GMT

The first day of face-to-face talks between Syria’s rival sides did not yield substantial results, International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi told reports Saturday, adding that he hoped the discussions would eventually lead to aid supplies reaching the besieged city of Homs.

yrian National Coalition leader Ahmad Jarba arrives with his delegation to meet UN-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi on January 24, 2014 at the "Geneva II" peace talks in Geneva. [AFP]
23:17 GMT

he Syrian government and its opposition will hold their first face-to-face negotiations in the same room in Geneva on Saturday to try to resolve nearly three years of civil war after negotiations almost collapsed before they started.

January 24, 2014

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif [AFP]
22:55 GMT

Iran wants all foreign fighters to leave Syria, according to the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Iran's president Hassan Rouhani addresses the World Economic Forum in Davos on January 23, 2014. [AFP]
11:09 GMT

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has stressed that the fate of Syria needs to be determined solely by the Syrian people, rejecting any interference in the future of the Arab country.

January 23, 2014

Bashar al-Assad has been starving its people and blocking humanitarian access to them as a “war strategy,”. [Huffington Post]
18:26 GMT

The regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been starving its people and blocking humanitarian access to them as a “war strategy,” which can be considered a war crime or a crime against humanity, Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty told Al Arabiya News in Davos on Wednesday.

US Secretary of State John Kerry gestures during a press conference closing the so-called Geneva II peace talks dedicated to the ongoing conflict in Syria, on January 22, 2014. [AFP]
17:14 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told Al Arabiya News Channel on Thursday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had “committed war crimes” and was “not ready for a solution” to the ongoing Syrian crisis.