Lebanon & Syria

October 20, 2013

Arab League general secretary Nabil al-Arabi (R) listens to UN-Arab League envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi speaking during a press conference following their meeting on October 20, 2013. (Image credit: AFP)
18:26 GMT

Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi said on Sunday a peace conference on Syria is set for Nov. 23 in Geneva following a meeting at the League’s headquarters in Cairo.

U.N-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi (L) listens as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks. (Image credit: AFP)
17:05 GMT

Iranian state media reported that UN-Arab league envoy Lakhdar Brahimi will visit Teheran next week to prepare for a proposed peace conference on Syria.

The Friends of Syria group have previously held meetings on ways to end the conflict in Syria. The group hopes the talks in London with Syrian opposition leaders will ensure that the Geneva II talks in November result in a successful political solution to end the bloody conflict (Courtesy of Al-Arabiya)
11:36 GMT

Leaders from Western and Arab countries will meet with Syria’s opposition in London on Tuesday to convince key rebel leaders to attend talks in Geneva scheduled for late November.

The scene following a suicide car bombing in Salmiyeh, a town in the central Syrian province of Hama, on January 22, 2013 (SANA/AFP, Ho)
09:19 GMT

A car bomb hit the central Syrian city of Hama on Sunday, causing multiple casualties, according to Syrian state media reports.

One of the nine Lebanese Shiite pilgrims abducted by rebels in Syria is greeted upon arrival in Bir al-Abed in the southern suburbs of Beirut on October 19, 2013, after being released in Turkey the previous day. (AFP)
07:16 GMT

Nine pilgrims, who were kidnapped by rebels in Syria last year, were released on late Saturday evening following a complex hostage deal that also saw the release of two Turkish pilots.

3,000 people were evacuated from Moadamiyet al-Sham due to increased violence and clashes in the Damascus suburb (AFP)
05:00 GMT

UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos called Saturday for a cessation of hostilities in Moadamiyet al-Sham and other towns where continued fighting and shelling have prevented aid workers from delivering supplies and medical treatment to civilians.

October 19, 2013

The two Turkish pilots who were abducted in Beirut in August were released late Saturday (Courtesy of Ihlas News Agency/AFP/Getty Images)
19:37 GMT

Two Turkish pilots who were kidnapped over two months ago in Beirut were handed over to Lebanese authorities and left Beirut airport for home late Thursday.

US Secretary of State John Kerry stated Thursday that Syrian chemical weapons should be shipped out of the country ahead of OPCW's finalization of the disarmament timeline (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)
11:17 GMT

Russia issued an official statement Saturday that denounces US Secretary of State John Kerry's call to remove Syria's chemical weapons by ship as too "premature."

Hezbollah forces in Syria have supported pro-regime efforts to reclaim territory from rebels, particularly near Damascus (Courtesy of Press TV)
10:13 GMT

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged Hezbollah to withdraw its forces from Syria to avoid spillover violence in Lebanon.

The Damascus suburb of Jaramana, considered to be home to many pro-regime loyalists, has been the target of suicide bomb attacks throughout the country's civil war (Courtesy of SANA/EPA)
09:21 GMT

A suicide bomb vehicle targeting an army checkpoint near Damascus in the suburb of Jaramana killed at least sixteen soldiers Saturday

Major General Abbas (L) brokered the deal to release the nine Lebanese captives with Syrian rebels in Damascus Friday (AFP)
06:12 GMT

Nine Lebanese citizens kidnapped in Syria in May 2012 were released Saturday.

October 18, 2013

A Syrian opposition fighter aims fire with a catapult towards regime forces in the northern embattled Syrian city of Aleppo. (Image credit: AFP)
17:15 GMT

AP has quoted Syrian activists as saying that shelling in the Aleppo province has killed at least 20 people.

 U.N-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi (L) speaks as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry looks on after their meeting at Winfield House (Image credit: AFP)
08:10 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday that he hopes the Syrian government’s chemical weapons arsenal will be rapidly consolidated and removed from the region.

October 17, 2013

Jamaa was considered one of the most powerful Syrian army officers in the country (Courtesy of Syria Center News)
18:40 GMT

Gunmen killed General Jamaa Jamaa, the head of the military intelligence directorate in Deir el-Zour and considered one of the most powerful Syrian army officers in the country Thursday according to state-run Syrian television.

Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil announced Thursday that Geneva II talks to end the Syrian conflict have been set for November 23rd and 24th despite divided opposition commitments to attend the talks (Reuters)
13:12 GMT

Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil said on Thursday that Geneva II, an international conference aimed at seeking an end to the country’s civil war, is scheduled to be held between November 23-24th.