Lebanon & Syria

January 7, 2014

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.

Hezbollah soldiers have been supporting regime fighters within Syria. One of Hezbollah's Lebanese commanders was recently killed in a battle near Damascus (AFP)
10:10 GMT

Hezbollah pledged this week that it will not end its support for the government of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad.

January 6, 2014

People carry one of the two bodies during the funeral of Malak Zahwa and her step-mother Iman Hijazi, who both died in a car bomb that targeted a Beirut's suburb the day before on January 3, 2014. The death toll of the blast has now risen to six. (AFP)
12:46 GMT

The death toll of last week's deadly bombing of Beirut suburb Haret Hreik has risen to six after Al Manar TV journalist Abbas Karnib died on Monday.

Rebel infighting has left many of Syria's northern cities in shambles (Ahmad Aboud/AFP)
11:39 GMT

Syrian rebels managed to free 50 individuals who had been captured and held hostage by Al Qaeda-linked jihadists.

Syrian rebels and regime fighters signed a truce in Damascus on Sunday. (AFP/File)
10:21 GMT

Syrian rebels and regime troops fighting in the northern suburbs of Damascus - in Barzeh - on Sunday signed a truce after "intense negotiations".

Ahmad Jarba will serve as the leader for Syria's Opposition National Coalition for the next 6 months (File Archive/AFP)
07:34 GMT

Syrian opposition leader Ahmad Jarba was re-elected to on Sunday in Istanbul to continue serving as the president of the main opposition National Coalition.

ISIS fighters have been fighting with rebel factions in Syria's northern regions at unprecedented levels over the past week (File Archive/AFP)
07:10 GMT

Syrian rebels from the Islamic Front issued a warning to Al Qaeda jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria Sunday as rebel infighting escalates throughout the country

Syrian Army Forces [Press Tv]
04:00 GMT

At least 200 militants from the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front and the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) operating in Syria have surrendered to the country’s army in the capital Damascus.

January 5, 2014

Clashes between moderate Syrian rebel groups and the al-Qaeda-linked ISIL shifts to a new province on the border with Turkey. [Al-Arabiya]
17:21 GMT

Clashes continued Sunday between moderate rebel groups and the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in some of the most serious infighting among those trying to topple President Bashar al-Assad.

Infighting between rebel groups have left many northern areas in shambles (Ahmad Aboud/AFP)
13:51 GMT

Al-Qaeda-linked rebels have allegedly pulled out of strategic areas in northern Syria after clashes with another Islamist opposition force.

Syrian rebels' mission to destroy Al Qaeda forces have led to serious infighting and destruction in Syria's northern regions (Ahmad Aboud/AFP)
09:08 GMT

Syrian rebels seized an Al Qaeda-controlled compound in northern Syria Sunday.

January 4, 2014

A member of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) speaks into a microphone urging people to join their fight against the regime, in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on November 13, 2013. [Getty Images]
15:09 GMT

A newly formed Syrian Islamist rebel alliance has declared war on the powerful al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and joined other opposition groups in battling the extremists. For its part, Syria’s main opposition National Coalition says it backs the rebel fight against al-Qaeda.

Chinese nationals living in Cyprus wave Chinese national flags as the Chinese frigate Yancheng comes in to dock at Limassol port, Jan. 4, 2014.
14:39 GMT

A Chinese frigate which will help escort Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons out of the country docked in Cyprus on Saturday as part of a delayed international mission.

Majid al-Majid, the suspected head of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades which claimed responsibility for the Iranian embassy bombing in Beirut, was detained in Lebanon. [Al-Arabiya]
14:27 GMT

An al-Qaeda-linked Saudi suspect detained in Lebanon has died, it was reported on Saturday, after being transferred to a military hospital due to “poor health” a day earlier.

SNC president George Sabra said in October that the group had taken a “firm decision” not to attend the talks. [Getty Images]
11:43 GMT

The Syrian National Council, a key group within Syria’s mainstream opposition National Coalition, reaffirmed on Friday it will not attend the “Geneva II” peace talks scheduled for later this month in Switzerland.