Lebanon & Syria
June 29, 2013
As the Gulf Cooperation Council and Hezbollah aid opposing sides of the Syrian civil war, the GCC seeks to punish Hezbollah economically.
Amid ongoing clashes between the Lebanese army and militants loyal to Sheikh Ahmad Assir, protesters around the country show support for the Salafist Sheikh.
June 27, 2013
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that 'anyone with a heart' could understand Western moves to increase military backing to Syrian rebels
A suicide bomb killed at least four people in a Christian area of Damascus on Thursday, Syrian state television reported
The Lebanese army will investigate the unit that allegedly beat a detainee who worked with the extremist Sheikh Ahmad Assir, after a video of the incident was posted on YouTube Thursday
As the Syrian death toll climbs to 100,000, the U.N. sends a team of chemical experts to Turkey to investigate claims of chemical weapons usage in Syria
June 26, 2013
The Syrian army declared victory in the city of Tal Kalakh on Wednesday, having secured the city from rebels with the help of Hezbollah troops.
Four suspects in the 2005 bomb that killed former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri will have their trial date set imminently, according to a Lebanese official.
Hours after Saudi Foreign Minister accused Damascus of genocide, Syria waded into the dialogue and blamed Saudi for the ongoing conflict and its support of "terrorists".
A bus-load of Syrian musicians was attacked in Beirut by a group of masked men wielding knives, leaving 20 wounded
The UK-based opposition-aligned watchdog the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that at least 100,000 people have been killed since the Syrian conflict began in March 2011
US State Department Patrick Ventrell told reporters that Washington is unable to put a timeline on any Syrian peace conference, although he reiterated the US is pushing for the meeting as soon as possible
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said conflict has has become an attempt at genocide against the Sunni-dominated opposition froces
June 25, 2013
Jabhat al-Nusra claimed responsibility for
Lebanese cleric Sheikh Ahmad Assir turned his mosque into a military base, Al Arabiya reported on Tuesday