Lebanon & Syria
October 27, 2013
Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has blamed the Syrian government for inciting the recent unrest in Tripoli that has left 10 people dead.
UN Arab League Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi told Tehran representatives Saturday that Iran's participation in peace talks in Geneva is "necessary."
Syrian opposition forces reported that at least fifteen Hezbollah fighters in the capital's Ghouta district were killed Saturday in clashes with rebel forces.
October 26, 2013
A new report released by the U.N. says that Syria’s ongoing civil war has condemned over half the country's population to living in poverty.
Kurdish fighters in Syria have taken control of a crossing on the country’s eastern border with Iraq.
Syrian state TV has said the leader of Syria’s Islamist militant group al-Nusra Front has been killed in the country’s coastal province on Friday.
October 24, 2013
The Syrian opposition National Coalition told reporters Thursday that they will meet in Istanbul on November 9th to decide whether they will participate in the proposed Geneva peace talks.
Fierce clashes between Syrian Kurds and jihadists linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant clashed near Syria's Iraqi border overnight on Wednesday, according to activists on the ground in Syria.
Power is returning to several of Damascus' suburbs after a major explosion on a gas pipeline near the capital caused a city-wide power cut on Wednesday evening.
Jordan's King Abdullah and UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi discussed Jordan's willingness to support and facilitate a comprehensive political solution to the Syrian crisis.
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.