Lebanon & Syria
November 20, 2013
The U.N. confirmed Wednesday that 2,200 Syrian families have arrived in the east Lebanon border town of Arsal in the past five days.
Two car bombs targeting regime forces near the Lebanese border in Qalamoun Wednesday have killed at least seven soldiers.
In the latest act that has undermined the proposed Geneva II peace talks to end the war in Syria, President Bashar al-Assad told a Lebanese daily Wednesday that "there is no need [for us] to go [to Geneva]" if the Syrian opposition National Coalition expects us to relinquish power."
UN General Assembly's vote Tuesday that demands immediate humanitarian access to Syrians trapped in the country as part of siege tactics blames both sides for the acts of violence, but comes close to blaming the regime for the use of chemical weapons in August.
Lebanese President Michel Suleiman is working to ensure that Tuesday's bombings in the capital do not pull the country further into regional turmoil, but the politicization surrounding the blasts has the potential to divide factions in the government and on the street.
Kuwaiti officials are denying that money from the Gulf country is flowing to the war-torn country of Syria to fund extremist rebel groups. However, a New York Times report issued earlier this week suggests otherwise.
November 19, 2013
Syrian troops on Tuesday captured the village of Qara in the mountainous Qalamoun region along a key supply route between Damascus and Homs
The Russian Orthodox Church has warned of a “genocide” against Christians and other religious minorities, urging the international community to take action.
The Abdullah Azzam Brigades, a Lebanese militant group affiliated with Al Qaeda, has taken responsibility for the twin suicide attack on the Iranian embassy in Beirut.
A car bomb detonated near the Iranian embassy in Beirut Tuesday. At least seven people died from the explosion.
In a complete turnaround move, EU nations collectively declined to host the destruction of Syrian chemical weapons in their countries late Monday after previously showing interest to OPCW to serve as hosts.
November 18, 2013
In a day full of diplomatic dealings, Russian President Vladimir Putin telephoned Iran's president Hassan Rouhani and met with Syrian government representatives in Moscow.
A Syrian helicopter raided the Lebanese border town of Arsal Monday, killing two of the mayor's relatives.
Syrian rebel leader Abdelqader Saleh died Monday after he was wounded from regime force attacks as Bashar al-Assad's fighters gain ground nationwide.
Syrian opposition National Coalition leader Ahmad Jarba declined an invitation to Moscow to talk with Russian officials in a move that might undermine the momentum of the tentative Geneva II talks that are already on shaky grounds.