Lebanon & Syria

February 26, 2014

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.

Turkish territory has also been targeted several times in the history of the Syrian crisis - in May 2013, 51 people were killed in Reyhanli after a Syrian suicide bomber detonated himself in the Turkish town. (AFP/File)
09:05 GMT

Dozens of people were injured after a car bomb exploded near a field hospital in the Syrian town of Atmeh, near the Turkish border, witnesses reported on Sunday.

A Palestinian patrols the streets of Ein Al Hilweh refugee camp near Sidon in southern Lebanon. (Image courtesy of Ghaith Abdul-Ahad/The Telegraph/File)
08:49 GMT

A Lebanon-based Fatah official said Saturday that Fatah and the PLO have lost all control of Palestinian camps in Lebanon, warning that this could have a "negative impact" on Lebanon's stability.

A Lebanese soldier stands near a burnt out vehicle at the site of a bomb explosion that targeted an army post on February 22, 2014 in eastern Lebanon's town of Hermel. (AFP)
06:33 GMT

Jihadist group Al Nusra front have claimed responsibility for Saturday's deadly attack on an army checkpoint in Lebanon's Hermel that killed two soldiers.

February 22, 2014

Saturday's suicide attack is the second in Lebanon this week and the third suicide attack this year. Lebanon is facing increased violence as the Syrian civil war spills over into the country. (AFP/File)
18:45 GMT

A suicide bomber targeted a Lebanese army post killing three soldiers and wounding 6 others.

Despite talks in Geneva, fighting in Syria has intensified with the Syrian army stepping up its use of barrel bombs. January marked the deadliest month of the conflict yet, with almost 6,000 killed. More than 136,000 people have died since the conflict began in March 2011. (AFP/File)
08:53 GMT

The Syrian air force stepped up attacks on Friday as opposition fighters readied an offensive.