Lebanon & Syria

October 17, 2013

In her new post, Kaag will direct a team of approximately 100 experts to destroy all of Syria's chemical weapon arsenals my the mid-2014 deadline (Courtesy of the UN)
07:35 GMT

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon appointed Assistant Secretary General Sigrid Kaag Wednesdat to lead the joint mission to eradicate Syria's chemical weapons by mid-2014. The Secretary General also announced that he is stepping up efforts to hold Syria peace talks in mid-November.

October 16, 2013

Syrian street during one of many power outages caused by war torn infrastructure failures. [washingtonpost]
05:46 GMT

Taking a looks at possible options for the players involved in the Syrian crisis leads to much needed leadership strength in the coming months of Middle Eastern diplomacy.

October 15, 2013

Seven people have been charged over August's Tripoli car bombs. The attack killed 47 people. (AFP/File)
19:47 GMT

A Lebanese prosecutor on Monday charged seven suspects over the August 23 Tripoli bombings that killed 47 people and wounded hundreds more.

October 14, 2013

A car bomb was dismantled by the Lebanese army in a southern Beirut suburb on Monday. (AFP/File)
18:02 GMT

Lebanese military experts dismantled a car bomb that was rigged in a southern Beirut suburb, thwarting a potential violent attack.

Despite the abduction of seven of its workers, the Red Cross said Monday that the organisation will not stop working in Syria. (AFP/File)
15:45 GMT

Four of the seven aid workers kidnapped in Syria on Monday have been freed, according to the Red Cross, adding that those released were "safe and sound".

US Secretary of State John Kerry stressed Monday that the US does not believe Syrian President Bashar Assad is capable of ruling Syria. (AFP/File)
13:14 GMT

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.

A shot of the damage in the popular Darkoush market shortly after the car bomb exploded. (YouTube/MiddleEastBrk)
10:35 GMT

At least 20 people were killed on Monday after a car bomb exploded in Syria's northern Idlib province, a Syrian watchdog reported.

Seven workers with the Red Cross were kidnapped by gunmen in Idlib province, northern Syria, on Sunday. (AFP/Getty)
09:40 GMT

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.

Sigrid Kaag as the leader of the UN's joint mission with the OPCW to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal. (Photo courtesy of UNDP)
08:23 GMT

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.

A photo showing the wreckage of the shrine in the Syrian town of Busaira. (Photo courtesy of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights)
08:10 GMT

In the wake of sectarian violence, a Sufi shrine was targeted and destroyed in Easter Syria on Sunday.

Kerry comments on progress of Iranian diplomatic relations. [yimg]
05:52 GMT

Kerry comments on progress of Iran and US relations stating that the window for diplomacy is "cracked open".

October 13, 2013

Double car bombs rocked Damascus Sunday evening targeting Syria TV. [pakistannewsday]
20:38 GMT

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. (AFP/File)
14:52 GMT

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 Syrian National Council has announced that it will not be participating in the upcoming Geneva peace talks, council president George Sabra said Sunday. (AFP/File)
12:03 GMT

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.  (AFP)
09:11 GMT

Syrian regime shelling struck the southern province of Daraa on late Saturday, killing 11 civilians including women and children.