Lebanon & Syria
October 24, 2013
Power cuts near Syria's international airport late Wednesday left the capital in a blackout. Government sources suggest that terrorists are responsible for the power outage. Fighting continued elsewhere in the country late Wednesday, while a government official told international reporters that "only Syrians" will choose the country's next leader.
October 23, 2013
Syrian army forces sealed the last smuggling routes into the rebel-held eastern suburbs of Damascus, and rebel groups in Homs clashes with the regime near Mahin in an attempt to capture a major weapons depot Wednesday.
Israel reconfirmed Wednesday that they would plan to prevent any transfer of military arms to militants in Syria, coinciding with a reported Israeli airstrike on the Syria-Lebanese border.
14 women who were being held in Syria have been released as part of the hostage exchange for two kidnapped Turkish pilots, a human rights activist said Wednesday.
One teenager died and several people -- including four soldiers -- were wounded after clashes broke out in Lebanon's north-western city of Tripoli.
Syrian government forces battled with Al Qaeda linked rebels in a Christian majority town and on the strategic Homs-Damascus highway on Tuesday, according to state media reports and activists.
October 22, 2013
After a long day of discussion Tuesday in London between Western and Arab powers and Syrian opposition leaders, the parties collectively announced that President Bashar al-Assad should be excluded from future government positions.
Government warplanes attacked rebels near Aleppo and Damascus and shelling campaigns from both sides Tuesday killed civilians countrywide.
With many Syrian refugees working illegally in Jordan, the kingdom is prepared to start a mass exit if work permits aren't established by November 2013.
Syria considers attending Geneva talks while Assad personally considers re-election.
In a television interview with Syria's Al Mayadeen TV, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has expressed optimism that he would continue to stay in power in Syria.
October 21, 2013
Lakhdar Brahimi, UN envoy for Syria arrived in Baghdad on Monday to hold talks with Iraqi leaders aimed at garnering support for Syria peace talks in Geneva next month.
Syrian government warplanes striked rebel-held areas southeast of Damascus Monday and regime troops continued onslaught of Moadamiyet al-Sham.
Amid media reports pointing to signs that the Syrian army is preparing to launch an attack to regain rebel-held areas in the strategic border area of Qalamoun, officials in the adjacent Lebanese village of Arsal say they will only take up arms if provoked by Hezbollah.
Syria has not shown proof of keeping hostage exchange agreement regarding almost 200 female detainees.