Lebanon & Syria
November 4, 2013
A mortar shell hit Damascus' ancient citadel late on Sunday evening, wounding several people as fighting between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad raged across the capital.
Syrian National Coalition President Ahmad al-Jarba announced Sunday that the opposition would not attend peace talks in Geneva unless there is a clear timeframe for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to exit from office. Al-Jarba also said the opposition would not participate if Iran is at the table of discussions.
November 3, 2013
King Abdullah II commented on the seriousness of the Syrian refugee crisis and its effects on Jordan.
Brahimi criticized for playing both sides in Geneva II meeting to discuss peaceful efforts to move forward for Syria.
Violence has swept Tripoli as tensions between the Alawite-majority Tripoli neighbourhood of Jabal Mohsen and Sunni-dominated Zahriyeh left three Alawites beaten and wounded over the weekend.
October 31, 2013
Two people arrested for suspected involvement in a bomb that exploded near an Army Intelligence post in east Lebanon
International Amnesty is calling for international support to help Jordan end its border restriction on Syrian refugees.
A syrian air defense base was reportedly destroyed early Thursday in missile attack, Lebanese and Syrian media say Israel is behind the attack.
The UN chemical watchdog, Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) told reporters Thursday that is "satisfied" that is has verified and destroyed all chemical arm production equipment and facilities in Syria.
Al-Qaeda affiliated ISIL representative Abu Abdulrahman told reporters about how al-Qaeda recruits are arriving in Turkish bordertown safehouses before entering Syria to fight the Free Syrian Army.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warns of the crucial need for Syria to participate in peace talks in what is being called Geneva II.
Three people were arrested after a a van from Syria was seized at an East Lebanon checkpoint.
Six people were killed as the Syrian army shelled a neighborhood in Damascus.
October 30, 2013
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who met with United Nations envoy Lakhdar Brahimi on Wednesday, said the success of peace talks was tied to “stopping support for terrorist groups.”
Fifty Syrian refugees are dead from malnutrition after being stuck at Jordanian border due to ongoing shelling in the area.