Lebanon & Syria

September 27, 2013

A car bomb has killed at least twenty people in Rankus, a town 30 kilometers north of Damascus. The attack is the latest in a series of deadly bombings in Syria. (Image credit: AFP)
15:50 GMT

A car bomb in Damascus province has killed at least twenty people and wounded a further thirty.

A new report suggests that President Assad's chemical stockpile is largely unweaponized and can be eliminated in as little as nine months.  (Image credit: Getty)
08:48 GMT

A confidential report by the US and Russia suggests that Syria's chemical stockpile is largely "unweaponized" and can be eliminated quickly.

Permanent members of the UN Security Council have agreed on a "binding and enforceable" draft on Syria's chemical weapons. (Image Credit: AFP)
06:30 GMT

Members of a deeply divided U.N. Security Council have overcome their differences to reach an agreement on a draft resolution on Syria.

September 26, 2013

A once-convicted jihadist of Canadian origin has been killed in Syria. (Image for illustrative purposes - Credit: Getty)
18:06 GMT

A young man, once jailed for his involvement in a plot to attack Canada's Parliament, has been killed in Syria.

The United States has pledged to support Lebanon’s efforts to help address the Syrian refugee crisis (Image credit: AFP)
17:40 GMT

The United States will continue to provide support for Lebanon to address the growing challenges of the Syrian conflict as long as the country addresses the crises in a “responsible and practical way.”

A mortar shell hit the Iraqi consulate in the Syrian capital Damascus Thursday, killing an Iraqi woman. The capital has been targeted by bombs and mortar shells in recent months. Here, Syrians inspect the sight of a car bomb attack in Damascus' Tadamun neighbourhood last week. (AFP)
12:44 GMT

The Iraqi consulate was hit by a mortar shell on Thursday, killing one and injuring several others.

Moscow said Thursday it is willing to fully help Syria with the disposal of its chemical weapons stockpiles. (AFP/File)
10:47 GMT

Amid UN Security Council discussions on the removal of Syria's chemical weapons, Moscow has said it will protect President Assad's chemical weapons sites when the country's stockpiles are removed.

Iraq's Foreign Minister Zebari says that military aid in Syria "will only perpetuate the conflict and reduce the prospects of a negotiated settlement" (Courtesy of Alistair Lyon/Reuters)
09:13 GMT

Iraq's Foreign Minister urges countries to stay out of the conflict in Syria and stop military assistance provisions to the war-torn nation.

Syrian President Assad says "he does not discount" future possibilities of a US attack on Syria despite President Obama's statements at the UN this week (Courtesy of the Guardian)
06:56 GMT

UNSC announces agreement on draft, SNC leader to return to Syria Thursday, and Assad says US attack on Syria still remains a possibility.

UN officials returned to Syria Wednesday to collect more evidence on the country's chemical weapons (AFP)
04:00 GMT

The UN returned to Syria Wednesday to collect more evidence on the country's chemical weapon arsenal and will not attempt to accuse any parties "at the time being" according to a UN official.

September 25, 2013

Ahmad Tuma, the leader of the SNC "does not represent us," according to the Free Syrian Army and 12 other opposition groups Wednesday (AFP)
16:39 GMT

The Free Syrian Army signed a petition against Iran's participation in proposed Geneva II talks, denounces the Syrian National Coalition, and calls for an Islamist framework for opposition against Assad.

The Lebanese army stopped a bus full of Nusra front fighters from entering Lebanon on Wednesday (AFP/File)
11:18 GMT

The Lebanese army stopped a bus carrying soldiers from the Sunni extremist, Al Qaeda affiliated Nusra Front group from entering Lebanese territory in the Bekaa valley.

The UN chemical weapons team are expected to arrive in Damascus in Wednesday. Here, residents in Aleppo stage a drill for a potential weapons attack. (AFP/File)
07:44 GMT

The UN team tasked with following up on chemical weapons usage in Syria have arrived in Beirut, and are expected to travel to Damascus later today.

September 24, 2013

Over 100,000 people have died in Syria since the outbreak of the civil war between President Assad's regime and rebel forces. (Image credit: AFP)
20:05 GMT

A car bomb in a Southern Damascus neighborhood has killed at least seven people.

The UN chemical weapons investigation team will be returning to Damascus on Wednesday, according to Moscow. (AFP/File)
12:13 GMT

UN chemical weapons inspectors are expected to return to Syria on Wednesday, according to the Russian government.