Lebanon & Syria
October 19, 2013
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged Hezbollah to withdraw its forces from Syria to avoid spillover violence in Lebanon.
A suicide bomb vehicle targeting an army checkpoint near Damascus in the suburb of Jaramana killed at least sixteen soldiers Saturday
Nine Lebanese citizens kidnapped in Syria in May 2012 were released Saturday.
October 18, 2013
AP has quoted Syrian activists as saying that shelling in the Aleppo province has killed at least 20 people.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday that he hopes the Syrian government’s chemical weapons arsenal will be rapidly consolidated and removed from the region.
October 17, 2013
Gunmen killed General Jamaa Jamaa, the head of the military intelligence directorate in Deir el-Zour and considered one of the most powerful Syrian army officers in the country Thursday according to state-run Syrian television.
Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil said on Thursday that Geneva II, an international conference aimed at seeking an end to the country’s civil war, is scheduled to be held between November 23-24th.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon appointed Assistant Secretary General Sigrid Kaag Wednesdat to lead the joint mission to eradicate Syria's chemical weapons by mid-2014. The Secretary General also announced that he is stepping up efforts to hold Syria peace talks in mid-November.
October 16, 2013
Taking a looks at possible options for the players involved in the Syrian crisis leads to much needed leadership strength in the coming months of Middle Eastern diplomacy.
October 15, 2013
A Lebanese prosecutor on Monday charged seven suspects over the August 23 Tripoli bombings that killed 47 people and wounded hundreds more.
October 14, 2013
Lebanese military experts dismantled a car bomb that was rigged in a southern Beirut suburb, thwarting a potential violent attack.
Four of the seven aid workers kidnapped in Syria on Monday have been freed, according to the Red Cross, adding that those released were "safe and sound".
US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday called for a peace conference on Syria to be held “very soon.” and stressed that peace would not be possible without a transitional government to replace current Syrian President Bashar Assad.
At least 20 people were killed on Monday after a car bomb exploded in Syria's northern Idlib province, a Syrian watchdog reported.
Unidentified gunmen kidnapped seven workers with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) after stopping their convoy early on Sunday along a roadside in northern Syria.