Lebanon & Syria
October 5, 2013
Syria provided additional details about its chemical weapons program to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons that goes beyond the information provided to the agency in the September 21st report.
In an interview to Turkish television, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that it's too early to say if he would run for President in 2014.
October 4, 2013
In an interview with a Turkish television channel, Assad has likened the rebels fighting his regime to scorpions who will sting Turkey in the future.
The U.S. State Department has permitted all non-essential staff to return to the Beirut embassy. However, the department issued a travel advisory warning Americans against travel to Lebanon.
The U.N. team of chemical weapons expert reported on Thursday that it has made “encouraging initial progress” towards removing Syria’s chemical arsenal.
October 3, 2013
Turkey’s Parliament has extended a mandate to send troops into Syria by a year if the need arises.
A group of six rebel groups have issued a statement calling on the two major rival rebel factions, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant and the Northern Storm brigade, to end their infighting in the north of Syria.
Two permanent members of the UN could meet on Syria next week.
Lebanese militant Shiite group Hezbollah is allegedly mulling the withdrawal of its soldiers from Syria with President Miche Suleiman if the reasons behind its initial involvement in the Syrian war and domestic Lebanese issues are resolved.
Sites are being prepared for UN inspectors to start the disarmament process in Syria.
Mortar shells fired from inside the Syrian border hit several areas across the Lebanese town on Akkar on Wednedsay, destroying homes, hitting and army patrol and causing "an exodus of residents".
Al-qaeda linked ISIS militants clashed with rival revel groups Wednesday in renewed fighting on the Syria-Turkey border.
October 2, 2013
The UN Security Council passed a statement Wednesday that calls for more cross-border humanitarian aid to Syria, Turkey prepares for vote that will extend its right to send troops into its southern neighbor under international law, and US General Odierno tells reporters that America is using a "wait and see" approach to determine if it will launch an attack against Assad.
Members of the Free Syrian Army are concerned that Assad already has weapons on the move to hide them from UN Inspectors.
After almost two million refugees have fled Syria, countries are establishing quotas to ensure proper support.