Lebanon & Syria

October 5, 2013

Syria is believed to have more than 1,000 tonnes of chemical agents and precursor chemicals within its borders (Courtesy of Ammar al-Arbini/AFP/Getty Images)
07:12 GMT

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 with Turkish television, Bashar Al-Assad said he was still undecided about whether he wanted to run for reelection. (Image credit: AFP)
05:20 GMT

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

A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on September 25, 2013 shows President Bashar al-Assad giving a television interview (Image credit: AFP)
09:13 GMT

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.

Lebanese soldiers block a road leading to the American embassy in eastern Beirut. (Image credit: AFP)
07:40 GMT

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.

United Nations vehicles are seen leaving the hotel in Damascus on October 3, 2013. (Image credit: AFP)
06:18 GMT

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

Turkish deputies convene on October 3, 2013 at the Parliament in Ankara to discuss a motion to the parliament asking for authorization to send troops to Syria. (Image credit: AFP)
17:46 GMT

Turkey’s Parliament has extended a mandate to send troops into Syria by a year if the need arises.

Masked female rebel fighters take part in a training session at the Salaheddin district of the war-battered northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Wednesday. A coalition of rebel groups have called for a ceasefire in inter-rebel fighting. (AFP)
12:18 GMT

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.

Putin and Obama to talk on Syria. [patdollard]
12:16 GMT

Two permanent members of the UN could meet on Syria next week.

Hezbollah is allegedly mulling the withdrawal of its fighters from Syria. (AFP/File)
07:36 GMT

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.

UN team prepares to visit chemical weapons sites in Syria. [rt.com]
07:34 GMT

Sites are being prepared for UN inspectors to start the disarmament process in Syria.

A Lebanese Shiite woman waves a Hezbollah and Amal movements flag as she pushes a cart past a Lebanese army forces checkpoint in the southern suburb of Beirut on September 23, 2013. Shells fired from Syria, where Hezbollah are fighting, hit northern Lebanese towns on Wednesday. (AFP)
07:18 GMT

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".

The Syria-Turkey border town of Azaz has been a main point of rebel infighting between groups such as ISIS and Northern Storm (Courtesy of Zain Karam/Reuters)
06:16 GMT

Al-qaeda linked ISIS militants clashed with rival revel groups Wednesday in renewed fighting on the Syria-Turkey border.

October 2, 2013

The Turkish parliament will vote Thursday on extending its mandate that permits military intervention into Syria if its southern neighbor poses as an "open and near threat" under international law (Courtesy of the Guardian)
17:05 GMT

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.

FSA leadership claims that Assad's chemical weapons are already on the move. [almonitor]
13:11 GMT

Members of the Free Syrian Army are concerned that Assad already has weapons on the move to hide them from UN Inspectors.

Over two million refugees have fled war-torn Syria. [reformjudaism]
09:42 GMT

After almost two million refugees have fled Syria, countries are establishing quotas to ensure proper support.