Lebanon & Syria
January 13, 2014
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Paris Monday to discuss a ceasefire plan for Syria.
Palestinian officials said Monday that efforts to break the Syrian siege on the Yarmouk refugee camp, where conditions are rapidly deteriorating due to a lack of basic supplies and medicines, had failed.
Rarely seen in public, President Bashar Al-Assad made an appearance at a mosque in Damascus in honor of the Prophet Mohammed.
January 12, 2014
he U.S.-led “Friends of Syria” grouping had agreed that President Bashar al-Assad and his family will have no role in the country’s future, Ahmad Jarba, head of Syria’s opposition National Coalition, said during a press conference held in Paris on Sunday.
United States Secretary State John Kerry along with ten other Western nation envoys reportedly have "raised the pressure" on one of Syria's main opposition groups to attend Swiss peace talks. Syrian President Bashar Al Assad's regime shelled the central city of Homs, killing 20.
At least 48 people have died from starvation in a besieged Palestinian refugee camp near Syria's capital.
January 11, 2014
A bomb attack blamed on pro-al-Qaeda group, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), has killed at least five militants in Syria’s Idlib Province as infighting rages on among various foreign-backed opposition groups.
The Lebanese government must bolster efforts to arrest five men accused of the assassination of the country’s former Prime Minister Rafiq al-Hariri, the prosecutor at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon told British newspaper the Guardian on Friday.
January 10, 2014
The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently told reporters that Al Qaeda-linked groups in Syria are training U.S. and Western citizens fighting in the conflict to conduct terrorist attacks when they return home.
Clashes between the Lebanese Army and gunmen near a mosque in the northern city of Tripoli left three people, including two soldiers, wounded.
The United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) told reporters Friday that the Syrian government will be able to meet its March deadline to destroy Priority 1 chemical weapons. material if it maintains its current efforts.
Despite the risk that any aid may end up in the hands of militant extremists, top Washington officials said Thursday that the U.S. is considering resuming its nonlethal aid to the Syrian opposition.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported late Thursday that Syrian regime forces killed at least 45 rebels during an offensive on the regime-stronghold of Homs.
January 9, 2014
Syrian opposition groups, including Islamist rebels, met for the first time in Spain's Cordoba in order to "seek common ground" before peace talks scheduled for later this month in Switzerland, and a car bomb killed 18 in Syria's central Hama province in the village of Kafat.
Russia blocked a British-drafted UN Security Council statement that condemns the Syrian government attacks on the northern city of Aleppo.