Lebanon & Syria

August 12, 2013

Hezbollah flag (AFP file photo)
07:31 GMT

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea accused on Monday Hezbollah of involvement in the kidnapping of two Turkish pilots over the weekend.

August 9, 2013

A composite of two undated file pictures obtained from the Turkish Ihlas news agency shows Turkish Airlines pilot Murat Akpinar (R) and his co-pilot Murat Agca, kidnapped on August 9, 2013 in Beirut. (IHLAS NEWS AGENCY / IHA / AFP)
18:16 GMT

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

Not dead yet:  Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (L) and Syrian Grand Mufti Ahmed Hassun attend the morning prayer of Eid al-Fitr in Damascus on Thursday shortly after the FSA claimed to have attacked his convoy. (AFP)
09:29 GMT

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

A Syrian man rides his motorbike past the Sunni Grand mosque on August 1, 2013 in the city of Qusayr, in Syria's central Homs province. (AFP)
16:00 GMT

62 Syrian rebels, allegedly belonging to the Al Nusra Front, were killed on Wednesday during an ambush attack near Damascus.

Lebanese parliament building (AFP file photo)
09:29 GMT

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.

(U.S. Department of State)
08:58 GMT

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 Syrian rebel fighter fires from a truck during clashes with forces loyal to the regime in the eastern Syrian town of Deir Ezzor on August 1, 2013. (AFP)
08:37 GMT

A three-day offensive, targeting Alawite villages close to Assad’s hometown of Qardaha, has seen some 200 people killed, according to activists.

Rubble and debris litter the street following an explosion in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, early on August 7, 2013. (AFP)
08:05 GMT

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.

A nurse attends to a wounded boy in the eastern Lebanese city of Baalbek, near the Syrian border. Later reports suggested the boys injuries may have been caused by a Syrian airstrike by the Lebanese border (AFP/STR)
07:25 GMT

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

Photo used for illustrative purposes (Albawaba/J. Zach Hollo)
08:36 GMT

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.

A Syrian resident walks in a devastated street on August 1, 2013 in a street of the city of Qusair, in Syria's central Homs province. (AFP)
08:22 GMT

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.

A general view shows Hezbollah's chief Hassan Nasrallah delivering a speech during a rare public appearance at a gathering to mark the "Al-Quds (Jerusalem) International Day" (AFP/ANWAR AMRO)
07:02 GMT

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.

 A Syrian man rides his motorbike past the Sunni Grand mosque in the city of Qusayr, in Syria's central Homs province. (AFP/JOSEPH EID)
06:57 GMT

Syrian Free Army forces on Monday took control of a contested military air base near the northern city of Aleppo as rebels captured four villages in the heartland of President Bashar al-Assad’s minority Alawite sect.

August 5, 2013

A Syrian government forces soldier lights a cigarette on July 31, 2013 in the al-Khalidiyah district of Syria's central city of Homs (AFP)
12:20 GMT

Two men who were deserting the Syrian army were arrested in southern Lebanon on Monday, according to security sources.

ebanese women loyal to Hezbollah wave the national flag and Hezbollah flags during a gathering to mark the "Al-Quds (Jerusalem) International Day" from Beirut's southern suburb neighbourhood of Rweiss on August 2, 2013. (AFP)
10:46 GMT

Nabih Berri, the speaker in the Lebanese parliament, has described Hezbollah as a respectable party that should not be blamed for any acts of sabotage in Lebanon.