Lebanon & Syria

March 6, 2014

The Syrian opposition does not want to negotiate with Hezbollah, who have been fighting alongside Assad's army. (AFP/File)
12:05 GMT

The Syrian opposition have rejected an offer put forward by a former U.S. Ambassador to Syria to negotiate with Hezbollah and other factions fighting alongside Syria's army.

ISIL have claimed responsibility for numerous suicide bombings inside Syria. (AFP/File)
11:43 GMT

A bomb exploded in Hama, Syria Thursday. Approximately five people were killed.

The Syria government delegation has been banned from moving more than 40 kilometers away from the U.N. headquarters in New York City (Courtesy of Wikipedia)
06:56 GMT

The United States has restricted the Syrian delegation from moving more than 40 kilometers (25 miles) from U.N. headquarters during the group's visit this week.

Syria agreed to ship out its chemical weapons arsenal after the international community condemned the sarin attack on a Damascus suburb last April. (AFP/File)
06:46 GMT

March will be a “critical” month for Syria if it is to maintain its timetable for dismantling its chemical weapons arsenal, the U.N. official tasked with overseeing the mission said on Wednesday.

Soldiers from an Israeli Army Artillery battery unit is deployed on alert in the occupied Golan Heights, on March 5 2014. (AFP)
05:00 GMT

Lebanon's Maronite bishops have spoken out against Israel's latest airstrike on Hezbollah, saying that Lebanon was paying the price of the Syrian conflict.

March 5, 2014

Syrians from a neighborhood in the northern city of Aleppo search for survivors under the rubble of a collapsed building on March 5, 2014, after a barrel bomb was reportedly dropped by the regime. (AFP)
18:02 GMT

The U.N. Security Council failed to take action that could have prevented much of the human suffering in Syria, a U.N. commission of inquiry said Wednesday.

Hezbollah's armed resistance is necessary in Lebanese society, Qassem said.
14:31 GMT

Hezbollah Deputy Secretary-General Naim Qassem said that Hezbollah is a necessary part of Lebanese identity, as it keeps up am armed resistance against Israeli aggression.

The strategic Golan plateau has been the scene of many spillovers of violence in the Syrian civil war since it began in 2011. (AFP/File)
12:38 GMT

The Israeli military launched an offensive on the Syrian-controlled section of the Golan Heights on Wednesday, wounding seven security forces and four civilians, Syrian state media reported. This behavior reportedly violated a 40-year-old military disengagement agreement that was inked after the Arab Israeli war in 1973

Arsal is a frequent target of Syrian spillover attacks (File Archive)
08:54 GMT

Conflicting reports were released Wednesday or whether or not the Lebanese army opened fire on Syrian warplanes near the Lebanese border town of Arsal.

Nusra and ISIL fighters are in discussions of entering Lebanon in their fight against Hezbollah, but the two Al Qaeda-linked groups remain undecided on what acti
08:38 GMT

Al Qaeda affiliated rebel groups have been pondering entering into Lebanon, but stated this week that they are still trying to "send messages to Hezbollah" before taking any direct action in Lebanon.

The two Hezbollah fighters were allegedly trying to plant a bomb on the fence between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights (Courtesy of Times of Israel)
07:49 GMT

Israeli troops shot at two Hezbollah fighters Wednesday who were allegedly trying to plant a bomb near the fence of the Golan Heights-Syria border.

Syrian regime fighters retook Sahel in the Yabrud region earlier this week (STR/AFP)
07:14 GMT

Syrian regime forces have allegedly intensified their operations in Yabrud, successfully recapturing a strategic area in Qalamoun that represents one of the last rebel strongholds in that region.

French and Lebanese officials will meet Wednesday to finalize the three billion Saudi-sponsored arms deal (Thomas Samson/AFP)
05:00 GMT

France is planning to finalize its multi-billion arms deal with Lebanon and Saudi Arabia Wednesday

March 4, 2014

Syrian rockets have often landed in Lebanese border territories (Courtesy of Press TV)
15:52 GMT

Three rockets from Syria's ongoing civil war hit Lebanon's Bekaa Tuesday causing damage to many homes, but no casualties have yet been reported.

OPCW head Ahmet Uzumcu told reporters that maintaining momentum for the weapons removal is critical given the delays and missed deadlines in months prior (Bas Czerwinski/ANP/AFP)
13:10 GMT

More than a third of Syria's chemical arsenal has been destroyed or handed over for tentative destruction.