Lebanon & Syria

November 10, 2013

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.

Samantha Power was appointed as the U.S. ambassador to the UN on August 1 after serving on the National Security Council. [dailymail]
06:16 GMT

With skepticism about whether the Syrian government has been completely transparent about its chemical weapons stockpiles, accuracy checking is in full swing by OPCW officials.

The US embassy in Lebanon was forced to deny reports that its officials have been meeting in secret with Hezbollah. (AFP/File)
05:41 GMT

The United States' embassy in Beirut has categorially denied reports that US officials have been engaging with "the terrorist organisation Hezbollah".

November 5, 2013

Russia's representatives to Tuesday's preparatory meetings for proposed Syria peace talks accused Syrian opposition figures of opposing "the Geneva communique" (AFP)
15:33 GMT

The proposed Geneva II peace conference hoped to end the conflict in Syria will not take place in November as originally hoped, according to Russia's Itar-Tass news agency.

Lbeanon has criticized the Arab League for failing to attend to the needs of the thousands of displaced Syrian refugees living in Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq. (AFP/File)
07:01 GMT

A Lebanese minister on Monday criticized the Arab League for failing to properly respond to the growing humanitarian crisis of the thousands of Syrian refugees displaced across the Middle East.

Islamic Revolutionary Guards [frontpagemag.com]
04:00 GMT

Iran’s semiofficial Mehr news agency says a commander in its Revolutionary Guard has been killed in Syria.