Lebanon & Syria
January 4, 2014
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.
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.
January 3, 2014
Al-Qaeda-linked fighters have besieged some areas in the northwestern Syrian province of Aleppo and are readying to storm the village of al-Atareb nearby, Al Arabiya News Channel reported activists as saying on Friday.
Syrian refugees are expected to be issues service cards that will use iris-scanning technology for identification.
Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) accused of of being “worse than the Assad regime,” by Islamist rebels.
January 2, 2014
The second explosion in the capital of Beirut has claimed four lives and wounded 66 after a car bomb detonated.
A Syrian airstrike that targeted Lebanon's border town of Arsal earlier this week left one refugee killed.
January 1, 2014
Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has condemned as "reckless" and "counterproductive" a WikiLeaks Party delegation which met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus.
Lebanese troops arrested the leader of the al-Qaeda-linked group responsible for a double suicide bombing at the Iranian embassy in Lebanon in November, the defense minister told Agence France-Presse on Wednesday.
December 31, 2013
The death toll continues to rise in Syria as the new year approaches with the overall total for those killed in the violence passes the 130,000 mark.
At least ten people died in Syria's Aleppo Tuesday after a regime tank shell smashed into a bus.
Invitations for the Swiss peace conference on Syria have not yet been issued due to delays in formulating the opposition delegation.
Irrespective of the strife and conflict they have been through, most Lebanese people desperately want to believe the famed signer Fairuz when she sings: Even in your madness I love you (Lebanon)/because your love /gathers us together /when we are dispersed. However, following the bombing of Mohamad Chatah on December 27, one wonders if their faith in a unified Lebanon will survive yet another round of violence.
The United Nations called on the Syrian army and rebel fighters to allow urgent aid to reach a sieged community of Palestinians near Damascus who are dying from starvations while Syrian president Bashar Al Assad called for a "battle" against Saudi ideology.
Assad claims views against extremism in Islam faith while continuing to engage in internal country conflict.