Lebanon & Syria

November 14, 2013

An ISIS soldier, in a recent execution, holds the severed head of a militant. [LeJournal]
06:59 GMT

During a confused state in the hospital under anesthesia, a rebel fighter called out opposition cries in efforts to save himself thinking he had been captured by the enemy. When ISIS militants heard the outcry, they beheaded the fighter on the spot.

Syrian Kurds have been called "hostile" to the Syrian people by the Syrian opposition National Coalition (Voice of Russia)
06:14 GMT

Syrian's main opposition group, the Syrian opposition National Coalition, told reporters Wednesday that Kurds' decision to declare their autonomy earlier this week was "hostile" to the Syrian people and cause.

November 13, 2013

A picture taken on November 13, 2013 shows debris and damaged buildings in the town of Hujeira south of the Syrian capital Damascus. (Image credit: AFP)
15:55 GMT

President’s Assad’s forces captured a suburb south of Damascus. This victory is the latest in a series of gains that government forces have made in recent days.

The joint OPCW-UN mission to Syria is supposed to destroy over 1,000 tons of chemical weapons in the country by mid-2014 (AFP/File)
12:33 GMT

Russia may donate $2 million to the UN chemical watchdog mission responsible for eliminating Syria's chemical weapons and is ready to offer expert help as well.

November 12, 2013

Kurds in Syria's northern regions have increasingly clashed with jihadist groups particularly near the Syria-Iraq border (Azad Lashkari/Reuters)
17:55 GMT

Kurds in Syria's northeast region announced Tuesday that they have formed a transitional autonomous administration.

Mortar attacks have destroyed rebel and government strongholds throughout the capital (Courtesy of Press TV)
15:32 GMT

At least 16 people were wounded in Damascus Tuesday from rebel mortar fire.

Al-Watan's criticism has largely been in response to what it has described as the government's failure to address the devastation and destruction of Aleppo (AP)
12:19 GMT

Syrian troops and rebels clashed outside of southern Damascus Tuesday and Syria's Al-Watan newspaper criticized the regime in a rare move for the paper considered "close" to the government.

Saadeddine Ghiyyeh, an official in the Islamic Action Front, was shot dead by two masked gunmen on Tuesday. (AFP/File)
08:18 GMT

An Islamic Action Front official and pro-Hezbollah Sheikh was shot dead in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on Tuesday morning.

Syrian rebels fire a rocket towards regime forces stationed at Kwiriss airport in Al-Bab, 30 k from Aleppo, in this image from early 2013. [Getty]
05:08 GMT

Syria is making moves to re-open Aleppo airport now that more control has been taken back by local government to keep region safe for flight activity.

A rebel fighter prepares improvised mortar shells at a workshop in Syria. (Image credit: AFP)
05:00 GMT

Mortar rounds have killed nine children in Damascus.

In an ongoing battle between the two countries, Lebanon is now taking UN action on spying threats from Israel. [haaretz]
04:31 GMT

Lebanon releases its detailed plan to file a complaint with the UN over Israel's spying along the border to include a request that Israel be removed from the International Telecommunication Union.

November 11, 2013

A picture taken on November 7, 2013, shows a pro-regime tank driving through the streets of Sbeineh south of Syrian capital Damascus. (Image credit: AFP)
17:33 GMT

Western powers will turn down a request by President Assad’s regime for military transport material to ship out chemical weapons.

Members of the Syrian National coalition (SNC) attend a meeting of the National Coalition on November 9, 2013, in Istanbul. [AFP]
08:05 GMT

If exceptions in a statement issued by the Syrian National Coalition are met, it is expected that the SNC will attend and participate in the upcoming Geneva II conference.

November 10, 2013

The Syrian National Coalition on Sunday said there would be absolutely no role for Syrian President Bashar Assad in the country's future. (AFP/File)
15:37 GMT

The Syrian National Coalition on Sunday reiterated its rejection of Syrian President Bashar Assad playing any role in the war-torn country's future.

A Syrian lawmaker who was kidnapped by jihadists affiliated with the Al Qaeda offshoot Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) was executed last week, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Sunday. (AFP/File)
14:16 GMT

A Syrian lawmaker who was kidnapped by jihadists affiliated with the Al Qaeda offshoot Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) was executed last week, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Sunday.