Lebanon & Syria

March 3, 2014

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.

U.N. photos released last week show apocalyptic scenes of the Yarmouk refugee camp (File Archive)
05:00 GMT

The truce in the Palestinian camp of Yarmouk in southern Damascus was broken Sunday with shelling and firefights enveloping the area.

March 2, 2014

Regime air strikes have reduced cities like Aleppo to mere rubble (Baraa Al Halabi/AFP)
09:40 GMT

Government air strikes have left at least 13 people dead in a small town on Syria's Turkish border.

March 1, 2014

Hasan Nasrallah, the head of Hezbollah. (AFP/File)
17:19 GMT

Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah, the head of Hezbollah, met with an Iranian parliamentary member in Lebanon this weekend.

Suicide bombings are on the rise in Lebanon. Abdullah Azzam Brigades have claimed responsibility for most of the attacks. (AFP/File)
13:42 GMT

The Lebanese government shut down two gas centers after receiving intelligence that the facilities may be the target of a terrorist attack.

February 28, 2014

Hezbollah's role in the Syrian conflict is seen by some as an extension of Iran's role in the region. Israeli airstrikes have in the past hit weapon convoys inside Syria, though the Assad regime failed to respond militarily. Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah recently reaffirmed his groups participation in Syria amid deadly car bombings in Lebanon that threatened to pull the country further into the Syrian conflict. (AFP/File)
09:20 GMT

Samir Gaega, Lebanon's Forces leader, comes out publicly against Hezbollah's position in Syria after an Israeli airstrike inside Lebanon on Monday.

January proved to be the deadliest month yet in the two year old Syria civil war, with almost 6,000 killed. Over 130,000 people have died thus far in the conflict.  (AFP/File)
07:17 GMT

Members of the Syrian National Coalition claim that those ambushed by Damascus in a recent attack were for the most part civilians looking to escape a siege in a nearby area.

February 27, 2014

The Lebanese army has been deployed to Tripoli to restore peace between rival neighborhoods on several ocassions (File Archive/AFP)
12:06 GMT

Unidentified militants threw hand grenades and exchanged gunfire near an army post in Tripoli late Wednesday, leaving one injured as the security situation continues to deteriorate in the restive Lebanese city.

A suicide bomb exploded near Iran's Embassy in Beirut in late 2013. The Lebanese based Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility. (AFP/File)
08:24 GMT

Nidal Sweiden was arrested by the Lebanese army for his involvement in recent bombings.

The August 2013 chemical attack is considered the world's deadliest in the past 25 years (File Archive/AFP)
08:11 GMT

The Syrian regime has agreed to a new April deadline for its chemical weapons removal after failing to meet previous December and February deadlines.

According to Washington, the Syrian government has been arresting and rounding up relatives of the Genava II peace talks opposition delegation. (AFP/File)
07:55 GMT

The United States on Wednesday accused the Syrian government of undermining the Geneva peace talks by rounding up and arresting the relatives of opposition delegates, adding that Russia is amping up its assistance to President Bashar Assad.

February 26, 2014

A handout picture released by the United Nation Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) on February 26, 2014 shows residents of Syria's besieged Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp. (AFP/UNRWA)
15:59 GMT

The United Nations agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) on Wednesday released shocking images of Palestinians queuing for food parcels in Syria's Yarmouk refugee camp.

Al Qaeda chief Ayman al Zawahiri has called on all jihadists in Syria to unite and end their infighting. (AFP)
15:36 GMT

Some 3,300 people have been killed as a result of infighting between the rebel groups seeking to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad since the start of 2014, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

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.