Lebanon & Syria
January 8, 2014
Ministers from the Friends of Syria grouping are due to hold talks in France on Sunday with leaders of the mainstream opposition to President Bashar al-Assad ahead of peace talks due later this month.
The headquarters of al-Qaeda-linked jihadist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), in the main northern city of Aleppo has been seized by fighters from several Syrian rebel brigades.
A Lebanese judge requested the death penalty Wednesday for 14 suspects accused of terrorist attacks including last year’s ambush of a Hezbollah convoy that killed one of the party’s fighters.
Experts expect that the Al Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades will attack the Lebanese Army in the upcoming days
Al-Qaeda group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on Tuesday urged its fighters to “crush” other rebel groups in Syria, in an audio message from the group’s spokesman.
The Syrian people have allegedly decided that President Bashar Assad should be nominated for another presidential term in this year's upcoming elections.
Syrian opposition members remain undecided on whether they will attend peace talks in Switzerland this month with regime counterparts.
January 7, 2014
Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister Prince Saud al-Faisal demanded on Tuesday that the opposition Syrian National Coalition be the only legitimate umbrella of the Syrian opposition, ahead of the planned Geneva II peace talks.
The Syrian regime has moved the first shipment of chemical material out of the country after transporting it from two sites to the port city of Latakia and onto a Danish vessel, the joint mission overseeing the disarmament said Tuesday.
Regime-led air strikes killed 10 civilians in northern Syria Tuesday and at least 34 Al Qaeda linked fighters have died in Idlib over the past three days.
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 pledged this week that it will not end its support for the government of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad.
January 6, 2014
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.
Syrian rebels managed to free 50 individuals who had been captured and held hostage by Al Qaeda-linked jihadists.
Syrian rebels and regime troops fighting in the northern suburbs of Damascus - in Barzeh - on Sunday signed a truce after "intense negotiations".