Lebanon & Syria

July 15, 2013

Syrian rebels gather outside a building which they blew up to target a regime sniper (Source: AFP/SALAH AL-ASHKAR)
08:43 GMT

The rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) said the killing of Kamal al-Hamami, an FSA official, by members of the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant was a “declaration of war.”

Inside the Lebanese Parliament building (Source: AFP stock photo)
08:25 GMT

The fate of a Parliament session this week to extend the Army commander’s term hinged largely on whether MP Michel Aoun’s bloc would attend to secure a quorum

A rebel fighter takes aim inside a destroyed school in Aleppo, on July 14. 2013. (source: AFP / JM LOPEZ)
07:04 GMT

Syria's opposition forces say fighting has left 200 people trapped in a suburban Damascus mosque.

July 14, 2013

Friday prayer is held in an area in Beirut that Salafi Cleric Ahmad al-Assir is purported to have many supporters (Source: AFP)
10:54 GMT

The video shows that Salafi Cleric Ahmad al-Assir and his group had initiated the attack on the army

(Source: Wikimedia Commons)
09:17 GMT

The Krak des Chevaliers was built between 1142 and 1271 and is considered one of the best preserved Crusader castles in existence

The five daughters and their mother
08:29 GMT

Five girls aged 10 to 16 had their bodies burnt with cigarette butts, noses broken and heads hit against the wall and floor during a horrific campaign of alleged abuse

A map depicting refugee locations throughout Lebanon (Source: UNHCR)
07:57 GMT

They voiced their readiness to establish “institutional foundations with full privileges” that would be capable of managing the aid as requested by the United Nations Security Council earlier this week.

Syrian opposition fighter peers around a corner with weapon (AFP)
07:17 GMT

Syrian opposition fighters fear a “side war” with Islamist extremists, as new attacks suggest a dangerous increase of infighting between rebel factions

July 12, 2013

A rebel fighter points his gun towards pro-government forces' positions during clashes in the Salaheddine district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, on July 9, 2013. (Source: AFP/JM LOPEZ)
14:13 GMT

The Free Syrian Army’s Supreme Military Council will meet on Friday following the killing of a rebel FSA official, Mohammed Kamal al-Hamami.

Lebanese parliament building (Source: AFP)
06:54 GMT

Speaker Nabih Berri has snapped back at the March 14 alliance without naming it, saying the new government would not be formed without Hizbullah's participation in it

July 11, 2013

A rebel fighter points his gun towards pro-government forces' positions during clashes in the Salaheddine district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo (JM Lopez / AFP)
10:36 GMT

Hardline Islamist rebels in Syria are facing a backlash from moderate groups and the Syrian population amid increasing reports of power abuses

An opposition fighter stands over seven year old Ahmad Jabir, who was injured alongside some of his family members by a shell (Source: AFP/DANIEL LEAL OLIVAS)
10:24 GMT

Syria has invited two United Nations officials to visit the country to discuss the alleged use of chemical weapons in the ongoing conflict

A man walks past as a firefighter extinguishing fire at the site of an explosion in Beirut's southern suburb Bir al-Abed (Source: AFP/STR)
09:06 GMT

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt warned that the explosion that rocked one of Beirut’s southern suburbs could be repeated in other areas across the country

Residents gather at the site of an explosion in Beirut's southern suburb neighbourhood of Bir al-Abed on July 9, 2013. (Source AFP/STR)
07:43 GMT

The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency warned Lebanese security agencies two days ahead of the blast that targeted Bir al-Abed neighborhood in Beirut's southern suburbs that al-Qaida had plotted to carry out an attack in the area

Washington's Dulles International Airport main terminal (Source: Wikimedia Commons/David Benbennick)
07:08 GMT

A Syrian diplomat sent to the United States by President Bashar al-Assad is being held at Washington's Dulles International Airport, awaiting deportation back to Syria