Lebanon & Syria

March 5, 2014

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.

Ban accused the Syrian government of not constructively engaging in dialogue in the Geneva II peace talks. (AFP)
07:40 GMT

U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon reiterated Monday that the Syrian peace process is a top priority for the international community, as he called on Damascus to return to the negotiating table with a more "constructive position".

Ahmad Jarba allegedly met up with U.S. officials in Amman last month. (AFP/File)
06:54 GMT

A Jordanian newspaper has reported that the head of the Syrian opposition, Ahmad Jarba, met with "top U.S. military officials" in Amman in February.

Regime warplanes have caused devastation across Syria - now its Lebanon's turn. Here, a Syrian man runs for cover as smoke rises from buildings nearby following a reported bombing attack by government forces on the Hanano district of the northern city of Aleppo. (AFP)
06:43 GMT

Proving that the Syrian conflict is increasingly spilling over into Lebanon's borders, Syrian warplanes dropped 18 missiles onto the outskirts of Bekaa border town Arsal and nearby areas on Monday.

Hezbollah said that Israel had lied about reports it hit a weapons shipment traveling into Syria from Lebanon. (AFP/File)
06:31 GMT

Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah on Monday denied reports that Israel had bombed and destroyed a shipment of weapons traveling into Syria last week.

March 3, 2014

Hezbollah fighters have been supporting Syrian regime troops and vowed last month to remain involved in the conflict despite calls for the Lebanese-based group to withdraw from the neighboring conflict (File Archive)
12:29 GMT

Hezbollah is experiencing a surge in recruits wanting to fight in Syria in support of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad, according to statements this week.

Relatives mourn over the coffin of Elias Khoury an officer in the Lebanese army who was killed in a suicide attack at a checkpoint at the entrace to Hermel in eastern Lebanon, near the border with Syria. (AFP)
09:30 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov are due to be in Paris this week for a discussion of the spillover of the Syria conflict and its impact on Lebanon, but the ongoing crisis in Ukraine is set to dominate the discussion.

A Sufi shrine was destroyed in Tel Marouf, a northern Syrian village largely inhabited by Kurds. (AFP)
07:23 GMT

Fighters with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have attacked the Kurdish-dominated northern Syrian village of Tel Marouf and destroyed a Sufi shrine belonging to Sheikh Khaznawi.