Lebanon & Syria

December 5, 2013

The U.S. and its allies have begun talks with Islamist rebels fighting in Syria ahead of the Geneva peace talks in January (AFP/File)
05:59 GMT

The United States has reached out to Islamist militias among the Syrian opposition as it seeks to reach a political solution to war in Syria, a U.S. official confirmed Wednesday.

According to the U.N. resolution drawn up earlier this year, Assad and his government are responsible for ensuring that all foreign workers who are involved in the destruction of the chemical weapons are given full access to the sites. (AFP/File)
05:47 GMT

NATO and Russian officials have pledged their public support to the international effort to destroy Syria's deadly chemical weapons stockpile and called on Damascus to ensure that UN officials working on their destruction have "unfettered" access to the weapons.

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman on Wednesday condemned the assassination of Hezbollah official Hassan Laqqis, which he says was a "new chapter in Israel's attempts to create sectarian strife and target civil peace" in Lebanon. (AFP/File)
05:38 GMT

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman on Wednesday condemned the assassination of Hezbollah official Hassan Laqqis, which he says was a "new chapter in Israel's attempts to create sectarian strife and target civil peace" in Lebanon.

December 4, 2013

Assad has been clear that he intends to run for re-election to "let the people decide" what they want. [wikia]
11:13 GMT

Syrian government will attend Geneva II with full intention of Assad keeping command through any transitions.

The militant Shiite group Hezbollah on Tuesday said that one of its leaders had been "assassinated" near Beirut. The group accused Israel of being behind the death (AFP/File)
07:03 GMT

The militant Shiite group Hezbollah on Tuesday said that one of its leaders had been "assassinated" near Beirut. The group accused Israel of being behind the death.

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah even referred to the head of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, who claimed responsibility for the Iranian embassy bombing, as an "Emir of Saudi" (Reuters)
05:53 GMT

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah claimed late Tuesday that Saudi Arabia is responsible for the Iranian embassy bombing in Beirut last month.

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said Tuesday that following the international deal with Iran over its nuclear program, he recently met with an envoy from Qatar in a bid to boost the two sides' relations for the first time since the outbreak of the Syrian crisis. (AFP/File)
05:38 GMT

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said Tuesday that following the international deal with Iran over its nuclear program, he recently met with an envoy from Qatar in a bid to boost the two sides' relations.

Atassi was beaten and held for her involvement in protests at the beginning of Syria’s uprising. [Reuters]
04:38 GMT

Prominent Syrian opposition activist Suhair Atassi has resigned from the post of VP for the Syrian National Coalition.

Site of a suicide bombing in the Jisr Abyad neighborhood in Damascus. [hdnux]
04:01 GMT

Greek Orthodox Patriarch John Yazigi made pleas for Syrian rebels to release of a group of nuns and orphans they captured in the ancient town of Maaloula.

December 3, 2013

Tripoli was put under government-ordered military control this week due to fatal sectarian clashes in the city over the past months (File Archive/AFP)
16:47 GMT

A bomb explosion in the Ain el-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp left five wounded in southern Lebanon after 9 individuals were arrested earlier Tuesday for their involvement in orchestrating the fatal clashes in the country's northern city of Tripoli.

Syrians walk past cars in central Damascus on December 3, 2013 prior to a suicide attack in the Jebbeh district of the capital causing deaths and injuries, Syrian state television reported. (AFP)
10:41 GMT

A suicide bomber blew himself up in central Damascus on Tuedsay, killing at least four people. Initial reports suggest the bomber may have been targeting a government building.

A Lebanese man runs in the street at the entrance of Tripoli's Bab al-Tabbaneh Sunni area during clashes with the Alawite, pro-Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Jabal Mohsen neighbourhood in the northern Lebanese city on December 2, 2013. The clashes have wounded at least 61 people, among them 12 members of the Lebanese army, which is deployed in the city and is responding to the sources of fire, the security source said. (AFP)
09:51 GMT

The Lebanese army on Tuesday was carrying out a series of raids in the city, one day after Beirut authorized the military to take control of the violence-prone northern city for six months.

Amina, a Syrian woman who fled the fighting in Aleppo, is photographed inside an abandoned building with her five-month-old sick daughter, Asma, on the outskirts of Saraqib, southwest of Aleppo, on September 9, 2013. According to the Red Cross, more than one million Syrians are going hungry. (AFP)
05:49 GMT

Only able to supply regular aid to six million Syrians, the International Red Cross said Monday that the growing humanitarian crisis in Syria is leaving one million citizens hungry.

Activists and residents claim that 50 Syrian refugees trapped along the Jordanian-Syrian border by regime bombing and shelling starved to death earlier this month. [eaworldview[
04:29 GMT

Over 1,000 Syrian refugees fleeing their war torn country have entered the Hashemite Kingdom over the last three days.

Maaloula's cathedral and churches empty of Christians as Syria's latest fight ensues. [Reuters]
04:19 GMT

Syrian rebels retake historical Christian town of Maaloula. Several nuns are believed to have been taken hostage - sources are still unclear whether they were taken as an act of violence or taken to be protected.