Lebanon & Syria

February 13, 2014

The Qaeda-linked Brigades said they will continue to launch attacks against Hezbollah until the latter group withdraws its troops from the neighboring war in Syria (Courtesy of The New York Times)
07:16 GMT

Al Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades shared a video online in which the group confirms that they will continue to target Hezbollah until the latter group withdraws from the conflict in Syria.

A Syrian man reacts as he carries the body of a child following a reported air strike by government forces on the Al Haidarya neighbourhood in the northern city of Aleppo on February 12, 2014. (AFP)
07:03 GMT

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Wednesday that Syrians have been dying in greater number since the peace talks began in Geneva three weeks ago.

Syrian Red Crescent workers helps residents of the besieged Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp, south of Damascus, carry their belongings during an evacuation operation on February 1, 2014. (AFP)
06:41 GMT

The United Nation's Palestine refugee agency UNRWA is "closely monitoring" reports that evacuations and the delivery of humanitarian aid to Damascus' Yarmouk refugee camp had resumed, after they were halted last week after clashes erupted.

Members of the Lebanese security forces dismantle a car bomb at the entrance of the Lebanese border town of Arsal, in the Bekaa valley. [AFP]
06:03 GMT

After one Al Qaeda capture and several munitions and explosive finds, the Lebanese army is finding success in random sweeps.

February 12, 2014

SYRIA, HOMS : TOPSHOTS
Syrian civilians walk as they are evacuated during a humanitarian operation in the besieged Syrian city of Homs on February 10, 2014. (AFP)
18:46 GMT

On Wednesday, a small convoy brought crucial humanitarian aid into the besieged Syrian rebel quarter of Homs following a weekend attack on a similar effort that left five people dead.

Under the opposition's principles, President Assad must hand over power to a transitional governing body. (AFP/File)
16:31 GMT

The Syrian opposition coalition conducting peace talks with the Syrian government in Geneva presented on Tuesday its vision of 24 “basic principles” for a political settlement to end the three-year-old Syrian civil war.

Smoke ascends after a Syrian military helicopter allegedly dropped a barrel bomb over the city of Daraya, southwest of the capital Damascus, on February 5, 2014. Syrian government forces have been bombing near the Lebanese border. (AFP)
14:04 GMT

Syrian warplanes have pounded a rebel-held town near Lebanon's border in an apparent attempt to dislodge opposition fighters from the area, activists said Wednesday.

Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility for the bombing of the Iranian Embassy in Beirut in November (File Archive/AFP)
11:09 GMT

Top Al Qaeda-linked Abdallah Azzam Brigades leader was arrested by the Lebanese army Wednesday.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has described the proposed U.N. resolution on aid access in Syria "one-sided" (File Archive/AFP)
09:10 GMT

Russia said that they will reject a U.N. resolution on aid access in Syria, saying it is "one sided," according to reports Wednesday. Convoys also waited on standby Wednesday to continue the evacuation process in Homs after the governor suspended the operation Tuesday due to "technical and logistical" reasons.

Children in Aleppo watch as regime barrel bombs destroy nearby neighborhoods (Khaled Khatib/Aleppo Media Centre/AFP)
07:48 GMT

Tuesday barrel bomb attacks on Aleppo killed at least ten people as regime forces continue to destroy Syria's second largest city.

Saudi Arabia announced that it would provide the $3 billion military grant shortly after the Beirut bombing  in December that left on of Hariri's former advisors Mohamad Chatah dead (Courtesy of the New York Times)
07:27 GMT

A French military delegation will meet with Lebanese leadership next week to discuss how the military grant from Saudi Arabia will be used to purchase French weapons.

Rebel fighters said that all women and children were evacuated from the village upon the commencement of fighting (Fadi Al Halabi/Aleppo Media Centre/AFP)
07:10 GMT

Rebels have denied reports saying that they committed a massacre in an Alawite village this week.

February 11, 2014

International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi told reporters Tuesday that peace talks in Geneva are making little progress (File Archive/AFP)
15:38 GMT

All-things Syria stalled Tuesday--ranging from the Geneva talks to the evacuation of civilians in the besieged city of Homs.

The city of Homs have been under government siege for over two years (File Archive/AFP)
12:50 GMT

Russia's Foreign Minister told reporters Tuesday that a new U.N. humanitarian resolution on Syria is "absolutely one-sided" and unacceptable, and the Syrian ambassador to Russia told reporters that the "most dangerous" chemical weapons in the country's stockpile will be removed by March 1 from the country.

Syrian rockets are frequently fired into Lebanon. (AFP/File)
11:55 GMT

Media reports said Tuesday that a rocket from Syria had landed near the Hezbollah stronghold of Hermel in Lebanon, but there is speculation