Lebanon & Syria
August 12, 2013
Ankara kept its cultural and trade centers in Beirut closed over the recent abduction of two Turkish Airlines pilots
Speaker Nabih Berri condemned the abduction of two Turkish pilots in Beirut on Friday, while questioning the silence over last week's Israeli violation of the Lebanese border, reported As Safir newspaper on Monday.
The Lebanese Army heavily deployed in the Baalbek-Hermel region in a bid to avert an escalation after an ambush Sunday killed one man and wounded three including the mayor of Arsal, security sources told The Daily Star.
Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea accused on Monday Hezbollah of involvement in the kidnapping of two Turkish pilots over the weekend.
August 9, 2013
Two Turkish pilots were taken hostage in Beirut on Friday morning, prompting the Turkish government to issue a warning to all its citizens telling them to leave Lebanon.
August 8, 2013
Syrian President Bashar Assad was shown on Syrian state TV at a mosque shortly after reports from the FSA came in that they targeted his motorcade. The reports of the attack is denied by the Syrian government.
August 7, 2013
62 Syrian rebels, allegedly belonging to the Al Nusra Front, were killed on Wednesday during an ambush attack near Damascus.
Caretaker Interior Minister Marwan Charbel said Wednesday security forces should strike gunmen with an “iron fist” in the northern city of Tripoli, which he described as having an “uncomfortable” security situation and “bad” economic conditions.
Almost a year after U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens was killed in an attack in Libya’s Benghazi, the U.S. Justice Department has reportedly filed criminal charges.
A three-day offensive, targeting Alawite villages close to Assad’s hometown of Qardaha, has seen some 200 people killed, according to activists.
A high level official from the militant Nusra front group, charged with the assassination of a Sunni sheikh, has been arrested in Damascus, according to Syrian security sources.
President Michel Suleiman has said that the army-people-resistance formula can no longer be used for the new cabinet's policy statement over Hizbullah's involvement in the war in Syria
August 6, 2013
Saudi Arabia’s National Campaign to Support Syrians has set up more than 5,000 tents for Syrian refugees in Turkey. The tents were erected with the help of the Turkish Crisis Management Authority.
Syrian opposition forces in the central Homs province have been looking to the Al Qaeda affiliated Nusra front for backup as troops loyal to Bashar Assad make significant gains across the country.
British Ambassador to Lebanon Tom Fletcher expressed concern on breaches to the dissociation policy by some parties, denying that the EU's decision to blacklist Hezbollah's military wing doesn't target the Shiite sect.