Lebanon & Syria
October 14, 2013
US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday called for a peace conference on Syria to be held “very soon.” and stressed that peace would not be possible without a transitional government to replace current Syrian President Bashar Assad.
At least 20 people were killed on Monday after a car bomb exploded in Syria's northern Idlib province, a Syrian watchdog reported.
Unidentified gunmen kidnapped seven workers with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) after stopping their convoy early on Sunday along a roadside in northern Syria.
UN Chief Ban Ki-moon on Sunday named Sigrid Kaag as the leader of the UN's joint mission with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal.
In the wake of sectarian violence, a Sufi shrine was targeted and destroyed in Easter Syria on Sunday.
Kerry comments on progress of Iran and US relations stating that the window for diplomacy is "cracked open".
October 13, 2013
Two bombs explode near Syria TV buildings and another near the Four Seasons hotel where UN and OPCW inspectors are staying while in Syria working on dismantling chemical weapons stockpiles.
A recent report said that several members of the Arab Democratic Party were behind the twin bombings in the northern city of Tripoli in August, which killed 45 people and wounded more than 800.
The main Syrian opposition group within the Syrian National Coalition said Sunday it would not attend a proposed peace conference in Geneva and would quit if the whole coalition participated.
Syrian regime shelling struck the southern province of Daraa on late Saturday, killing 11 civilians including women and children.
The Lebanese government will not cease its efforts to form its new cabinet over Eid Al Adha and Beirut's political powers are tentatively setting November 22, Lebanon's Independence Day, as its final completion date.
After three days of fierce fighting between the Syrian army and the opposition in the northern province of Aleppo, 50 rebel fighters have been killed.
October 12, 2013
Two mortar rounds hit into the central Abu Roumaneh neighborhood of the Syrian capital Damascus on Saturday, killing a child and injuring 11 people
Syrian opposition groups and activists on Friday condemned a decision by the Nobel Prize Committee to present the peace prize to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
The Humans Rights Watch has accused Syrian Rebels of committing war crimes against the Alawite minority.