Lebanon & Syria
December 9, 2013
A senior Orthodox Church official has urged Christians to take up arms to defend themselves and their holy places in the wake of the recent abduction of a group of nuns from the ancient village of Maaloula in Syria.
December 8, 2013
Syrian government forces made advances on Sunday in the town of al-Nabk, one of the last rebel-held areas in Qalamoun region bordering Lebanon, a watchdog said.
Hundreds of Syrians fled to Jordan on Saturday as allegations of a new chemical weapons attack reportedly fuelled a fresh exodus from Damascus towards the border region.
U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon will discuss details of Geneva II with U.N. and Arab League envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi in Paris on Sunday.
Syrian government and opposition to receive invitations to attend the Geneva II meetings which will be held in late January.
The head of Lebanon's General Security headed to Qatar on Saturday to seek assistance in the case of a group of nuns seized earlier this month in Syria.
December 7, 2013
At least 40 bodies of men, women and children were discovered on Saturday in the Syrian town of al-Nabk, a Damascus suburb, in an apparent new massacre, the Syrian Revolutionary Council reported, following a heavy shelling campaign by the regime’s army.
A report has revealed that al-Qaeda-linked groups are using “safe houses” in southern Turkey to send foreign militants to neighboring Syria to take part in the war against its government.
The latest violence follows warnings from Britain that a solution to the Syrian conflict must be found in 2014.
December 6, 2013
Syrian opposition activists on Thursday accused President Bashar al-Assad’s forces of again using poison gas in rebel-held areas, saying victims had been discovered with swollen limbs and foaming at the mouth.
December 5, 2013
The Army said it arrested three more people in Tripoli, bringing the total number of detainees to 28 since Monday.
Syrian jihadists from the Al Qaeda linked-group, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, kidnapped 50 Kurds Thursday.
Syria's fragile domestic security situation could derail the OPCW's ambitious plan to destroy Syria's chemical weapons arsenal by mid-2014, according to the head of the mission.
Recent bombing and shootings in Lebanon's Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp has left the community-and town-paralyzed.
The United States has reached out to Islamist militias among the Syrian opposition as it seeks to reach a political solution to war in Syria, a U.S. official confirmed Wednesday.