Lebanon & Syria
January 21, 2014
A recent report compiled by three former war crimes prosectors say they have found evidence suggesting that Damascus has been complicit in the widespread and systematic torture of some 11,000 detainees since the start of the uprising in 2011.
The Syrian National Council (SNC), the biggest bloc in Syria's opposition-in-exile, have announced that they will quit the umbrella Syrian National Coalition in protest over the upcoming Geneva II peace talks with the Bashar Assad regime.
Some of those Al Qaeda detainees who were captured by rebels said ISIS had ties with the Syrian regime.
The UN has decided to cancel Iran's invitation to the Geneva II conference after Iran's inconsistency regarding Syria's transitional government.
January 20, 2014
Two car bombs hit a rebel-held border post in the northwest Syrian province of Idlib.
Saudi Arabia said on Monday that Iran should not be allowed to attend the upcoming Geneva II talks on the Syrian crisis as Tehran does not support a transitional Syrian government.
Lebanon's former Prime Minister Saad Al Hariri told reporters Monday that he will be returning to Lebanon before parliamentary elections scheduled for later this year to "work with his rivals for the good of the country."
Syria's President Bashar Al Assad told reporters Monday that the Lebanese court trial for the assassination of former leader Rafiq Hariri is "politicized" and an attempt to pressure Syria's ally Hezbollah.
Sniper fire killed at least one woman and wounded 15 people in Lebanon's Tripoli Sunday in a renewed round of violence in the country's main northern city.
After a day of testimonies from those wounded in the Hariri
The Syrian opposition has threatened to exit upcoming peace talks in Geneva after learning that the UN invited Iran to attend the conference as well.
January 19, 2014
Syrian President Bashar Al Assad's office denied comments attributed to him Sunday that say his resignation from power is "not up for discussion."
The only way to end the Syrian civil war may be for the Islamic world to unite against the violence on political, economic and social fronts, says one analyst.
Syrian President Bashar Assad said Sunday that he has no intention of giving up power of his country any time soon.
The U.N.-formed Special Tribunal of Lebanon (STL) trial of four men suspected of being behind the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri continued on Friday, where new evidence telecom identifying Hezbollah suspects was unveiled, UK-based pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat reported.