Lebanon & Syria

November 12, 2013

In an ongoing battle between the two countries, Lebanon is now taking UN action on spying threats from Israel. [haaretz]
04:31 GMT

Lebanon releases its detailed plan to file a complaint with the UN over Israel's spying along the border to include a request that Israel be removed from the International Telecommunication Union.

November 11, 2013

A picture taken on November 7, 2013, shows a pro-regime tank driving through the streets of Sbeineh south of Syrian capital Damascus. (Image credit: AFP)
17:33 GMT

Western powers will turn down a request by President Assad’s regime for military transport material to ship out chemical weapons.

Members of the Syrian National coalition (SNC) attend a meeting of the National Coalition on November 9, 2013, in Istanbul. [AFP]
08:05 GMT

If exceptions in a statement issued by the Syrian National Coalition are met, it is expected that the SNC will attend and participate in the upcoming Geneva II conference.

November 10, 2013

The Syrian National Coalition on Sunday said there would be absolutely no role for Syrian President Bashar Assad in the country's future. (AFP/File)
15:37 GMT

The Syrian National Coalition on Sunday reiterated its rejection of Syrian President Bashar Assad playing any role in the war-torn country's future.

A Syrian lawmaker who was kidnapped by jihadists affiliated with the Al Qaeda offshoot Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) was executed last week, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Sunday. (AFP/File)
14:16 GMT

A Syrian lawmaker who was kidnapped by jihadists affiliated with the Al Qaeda offshoot Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) was executed last week, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Sunday.

The late Syrian MP Mujhem al-Sahu who was killed Sunday represented the Deir al-Zor province which has witnessed many violent clashes between rebel and regime forces (Reuters)
13:17 GMT

Syrian government and rebel forces reached a deal Sunday to ease a blockade on a rebel-held town of Qudsaya near the capital and Syrian MP Mujhem al-Sahu was kidnapped and executed by opposition jihadist fighters.

OPCW workers manually dismantle equipment in Syria. [breakingnews.sy]
05:13 GMT

US is reaching out to allies to garner support for the destruction process of chemical weapons in Syria.

November 7, 2013

Secretary of State John Kerry. [UPI/Kevin Dietsch]
15:49 GMT

Hezbollah slams Kerry over remarks on Lebanon and urges the March 14 coalition to take a stance against his remarks.

OPCW inspectors visited 21 of the 23 chemical production sites in October, but were unable to visit the Aleppo facility along with one other due to security concerns (Courtesy of BBC)
11:16 GMT

Inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) told reporters Thursday that Syria has provided video and photographic evidence indicating that a chemical weapons site has been dismantled and abandoned. OPCW has accepted the footage as proof that 22 out of the 23 declared chemical production facilities in Syria have now been destroyed.

Clashes between rebels and regime forces have destroyed the neighborhoods near Sayeda Zainab (Courtesy of Voice of America)
10:51 GMT

Syrian regime forces supported by Hezbollah fighters retook the rebel-controlled town of Sbeineh near Damascus Thursday.

The Syrian opposition National Coalition previously met with Brahimi in Damascus in late October (Louai Beshara/AFP)
05:52 GMT

Syria's opposition National Coalition said Wednesday that UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi must remain neutral after the envoy cited the opposition as "causing the new delays" to the peace talks. Syrian president Bashar al-Assad also publicly described Syria's conflict as comparable to Algeria's civil war.

A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows people gathering outside the entrance to the Hijaz railroad company in Hijaz square. (Image credit: AFP)
04:54 GMT

AFP reports that eight people were killed in a bomb blast in Hijaz Square in Central Damascus. In addition, a further 50 were wounded.

November 6, 2013

Rebel fighters walk in the rubble of destroyed building in Syria. (Image credit: AFP)
19:27 GMT

A car bomb killed at least eight security personnel on Wednesday in an attack on a military intelligence building in the southern Syrian city of Suweida, which has been largely peaceful during the Syrian civil war.

An explosion from the arms depot near Homs killed dozens earlier this year (Courtesy of BBC)
11:18 GMT

Syrian rebels seized one of the largest arms depots located in the central Homs province Wednesday. However, Syrian security officials in Damascus denied the takeover, saying that "fighting was still underway."

The OPCW has stated that it will run out of funding for its Syria mission by the end of this month (Mohammed Abdullah/Reuters)
06:38 GMT

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the international body responsible for the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons, told reporters that its funding for the mission will finish by the end of this month.