Lebanon & Syria

January 9, 2014

Rebel fighters gesture next to the bodies of handcuffed and blindfolded dead men laying on the ground of the Aleppo headquarters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. (AFP)
07:17 GMT

Since the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) began freeing hundreds of prisoners in Aleppo, shocking stories about their detention have emerged.

A 2013 report said that extremists and jihadists now make up more than half of the rebel and opposition forces fighting against Assad in Syria. (AFP/File)
04:00 GMT

The Kyrgyz government announced Wednesday that it had arrested a senior terrorist ringleader who was seeking to recruit militants to fight jihad in the Syrian civil war.

January 8, 2014

Mourners carry the body of a comrade killed during battles with members of the al-Qaeda-linked group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), in the northern city of Aleppo, on January 8, 2014.
19:04 GMT

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Wednesday that after being battled by rebel fighters, very few Al Qaeda-affiliated militants remain the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.

The Syrian opposition National Coalition was supposed to decide whether they will attend the peace talks this week, but heated debates have delayed the decision until Jan. 17 (Courtesy of Press TV)
12:20 GMT

Syria's main opposition National Coalition has suspended its decision on whether or not the group will partake in peace talks scheduled for later this month until Jan. 17.

US, EU and Arab officials meeting in Rome as the Friends of Syria Group [AFP]
11:38 GMT

Ministers from the Friends of Syria grouping are due to hold talks in France on Sunday with leaders of the mainstream opposition to President Bashar al-Assad ahead of peace talks due later this month.

Rebel fighters, one holding a weapon, walk in a street on January 7, 2014 in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. [AFP]
10:47 GMT

The headquarters of al-Qaeda-linked jihadist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), in the main northern city of Aleppo has been seized by fighters from several Syrian rebel brigades.

Lebanese soldiers at the site of a car bomb attack on a Hezbollah convoy travelling towards the border crossing with Syria on Tuesday. [ AFP]
10:16 GMT

A Lebanese judge requested the death penalty Wednesday for 14 suspects accused of terrorist attacks including last year’s ambush of a Hezbollah convoy that killed one of the party’s fighters.

Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility for the November bomb attack on the Iranian Embassy in Beirut (File Archive/AFP)
08:20 GMT

Experts expect that the Al Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades will attack the Lebanese Army in the upcoming days

An image grab taken from a video released on January 4, 2014 by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)'s al-Furqan Media allegedly shows ISIL fighters marching at an undisclosed location. [AFP]
08:02 GMT

Al-Qaeda group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on Tuesday urged its fighters to “crush” other rebel groups in Syria, in an audio message from the group’s spokesman.

Syria's Information Minister said this week that the "Syrian street" wants Assad to run for president in this year's upcoming elections (File Archive/AFP)
07:49 GMT

The Syrian people have allegedly decided that President Bashar Assad should be nominated for another presidential term in this year's upcoming elections.

Ahmad Jarba was recently re-elected to lead the Syrian opposition National Coalition this month (File Archive/AFP)
07:13 GMT

Syrian opposition members remain undecided on whether they will attend peace talks in Switzerland this month with regime counterparts.

January 7, 2014

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal speaks to reporters during a visit to Pakistan on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2014. [AFP]
17:39 GMT

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister Prince Saud al-Faisal demanded on Tuesday that the opposition Syrian National Coalition be the only legitimate umbrella of the Syrian opposition, ahead of the planned Geneva II peace talks.

A handout picture taken on January 5, 2014, and released by Norwegian Armed Forces, the Danish support vessel L17 "Esbern Snare" [AFP]
16:58 GMT

The Syrian regime has moved the first shipment of chemical material out of the country after transporting it from two sites to the port city of Latakia and onto a Danish vessel, the joint mission overseeing the disarmament said Tuesday.

Syrian rebels have clashed with Al Qaeda-linked opposition in Idlib and Aleppo in particular (File Archive/AFP)
14:34 GMT

Regime-led air strikes killed 10 civilians in northern Syria Tuesday and at least 34 Al Qaeda linked fighters have died in Idlib over the past three days.

Although the U.N. has stopped updating its Syria death toll, the number of civilians dying has not stopped. It has now exceeded 130,000, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (AFP/File)
11:10 GMT

According to a U.N. human rights official, the organization will not be updating the death toll in the Syrian civil war as it is becoming increasingly more difficult to verify facts on the war-torn ground.