Lebanon & Syria
February 15, 2014
After talks to end a 10-month political crisis in Lebanon and appoint a new government were once again stalled on Friday, late-night talks between officials have revived hopes for the country.
February 14, 2014
Lebanon’s prime minister-designate Tammam Salam was set to present a proposed cabinet line-up to the president Friday as he looks to end a 10-month vacuum, an aide told AFP.
February 13, 2014
Russia proposed a rival U.N. resolution on the humanitarian crisis in Syria to key Security Council members on Wednesday after saying Moscow would veto a Western and Arab-backed measure threatening sanctions against Syria.
Al Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades shared a video online in which the group confirms that they will continue to target Hezbollah until the latter group withdraws from the conflict in Syria.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Wednesday that Syrians have been dying in greater number since the peace talks began in Geneva three weeks ago.
The United Nation's Palestine refugee agency UNRWA is "closely monitoring" reports that evacuations and the delivery of humanitarian aid to Damascus' Yarmouk refugee camp had resumed, after they were halted last week after clashes erupted.
After one Al Qaeda capture and several munitions and explosive finds, the Lebanese army is finding success in random sweeps.
February 12, 2014
On Wednesday, a small convoy brought crucial humanitarian aid into the besieged Syrian rebel quarter of Homs following a weekend attack on a similar effort that left five people dead.
The Syrian opposition coalition conducting peace talks with the Syrian government in Geneva presented on Tuesday its vision of 24 “basic principles” for a political settlement to end the three-year-old Syrian civil war.
Syrian warplanes have pounded a rebel-held town near Lebanon's border in an apparent attempt to dislodge opposition fighters from the area, activists said Wednesday.
Top Al Qaeda-linked Abdallah Azzam Brigades leader was arrested by the Lebanese army Wednesday.
Russia said that they will reject a U.N. resolution on aid access in Syria, saying it is "one sided," according to reports Wednesday. Convoys also waited on standby Wednesday to continue the evacuation process in Homs after the governor suspended the operation Tuesday due to "technical and logistical" reasons.
Tuesday barrel bomb attacks on Aleppo killed at least ten people as regime forces continue to destroy Syria's second largest city.
A French military delegation will meet with Lebanese leadership next week to discuss how the military grant from Saudi Arabia will be used to purchase French weapons.
Rebels have denied reports saying that they committed a massacre in an Alawite village this week.