Lebanon & Syria
November 26, 2013
Syria's conflict is "fueling terrorism" and sectarian tensions in Iraq, with jihadists exploiting Baghdad's weak security operation and political deadlock to strengthen al-Qaeda presence nationally and regionally.
November 25, 2013
The United Nations on Monday announced that the Geneva II Syria peace conference - which aims to bring together the government and opposition - is set to be held on January 22, 2014.
Two Palestinian men were arrested on late Sunday evening on suspisicon of planting a bomb in the Taamir Ain El Hilweh area in Sidon, Lebanon. The Levant country has been on high alert after two suicide bombers targeted the Iranian embassy in Beirut last week.
A report conducted by the Oxford Research Group has found that 11,420 children have been killed in the Syrian conflict since it began in March 2011, with explosive weapons causing over 70 percent of the deaths.
Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri blamed Shiite group Hezbollah and its involvement in the Syrian crisis for the infiltration of terrorism into Lebanon, days after two suicide bombers attacked the Iranian embassy in the Beirut suburbs.
November 24, 2013
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday slammed the six-month deal secured in Geneva to halt Iran's nuclear program a "historic mistake", reiterating that Israel maintains the right to defend itself against all threats.
The Syrian regime "welcomed" Iran's deal with world powers on its nuclear program Sunday as fighting between regime and rebel troops in Syria's capital left more than 70 people dead.
Warplanes belonging to the Syrian government on Saturday bombarded the Lebanese border town of Arsal with rockets. No injuries were reported.
November 22, 2013
Lebanese President Michel Sleiman warned Thursday that Hezbollah's actions in Syria endanger Lebanon.
November 21, 2013
Syrian opposition leader Rajaa Nasser was arrested by government police days before he was scheduled to leave for talks in Moscow.
Two suicide bombers detonated near the town of Nabk on the Lebanese border to halt regime gains in the strategic area. The Syrian government also announced Wednesday that it will tighten its border policies for Arab nationals in efforts to curb Islamists from entering Syria to support opposition groups from toppling the regime.
November 20, 2013
Nabih Berri, the speaker of the Lebanese parliament, said Wednesday that the suicide bombers who attacked the Iranian embassy in Beirut were from the same group that tried to assassinate him.
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."