Lebanon & Syria
November 6, 2013
The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the international body responsible for the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons, told reporters that its funding for the mission will finish by the end of this month.
With skepticism about whether the Syrian government has been completely transparent about its chemical weapons stockpiles, accuracy checking is in full swing by OPCW officials.
The United States' embassy in Beirut has categorially denied reports that US officials have been engaging with "the terrorist organisation Hezbollah".
November 5, 2013
The proposed Geneva II peace conference hoped to end the conflict in Syria will not take place in November as originally hoped, according to Russia's Itar-Tass news agency.
A Lebanese minister on Monday criticized the Arab League for failing to properly respond to the growing humanitarian crisis of the thousands of Syrian refugees displaced across the Middle East.
Iran’s semiofficial Mehr news agency says a commander in its Revolutionary Guard has been killed in Syria.
November 4, 2013
The Turkish army seized a large amount of chemicals from a convoy attempting to illegally enter the country from Syria.
A mortar shell hit Damascus' ancient citadel late on Sunday evening, wounding several people as fighting between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad raged across the capital.
Syrian National Coalition President Ahmad al-Jarba announced Sunday that the opposition would not attend peace talks in Geneva unless there is a clear timeframe for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to exit from office. Al-Jarba also said the opposition would not participate if Iran is at the table of discussions.
November 3, 2013
King Abdullah II commented on the seriousness of the Syrian refugee crisis and its effects on Jordan.
Brahimi criticized for playing both sides in Geneva II meeting to discuss peaceful efforts to move forward for Syria.
Violence has swept Tripoli as tensions between the Alawite-majority Tripoli neighbourhood of Jabal Mohsen and Sunni-dominated Zahriyeh left three Alawites beaten and wounded over the weekend.
October 31, 2013
Two people arrested for suspected involvement in a bomb that exploded near an Army Intelligence post in east Lebanon
International Amnesty is calling for international support to help Jordan end its border restriction on Syrian refugees.
A syrian air defense base was reportedly destroyed early Thursday in missile attack, Lebanese and Syrian media say Israel is behind the attack.