Lebanon & Syria
July 15, 2013
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.”
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
Syria's opposition forces say fighting has left 200 people trapped in a suburban Damascus mosque.
July 14, 2013
The video shows that Salafi Cleric Ahmad al-Assir and his group had initiated the attack on the army
The Krak des Chevaliers was built between 1142 and 1271 and is considered one of the best preserved Crusader castles in existence
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
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 fighters fear a “side war” with Islamist extremists, as new attacks suggest a dangerous increase of infighting between rebel factions
July 12, 2013
The Free Syrian Army’s Supreme Military Council will meet on Friday following the killing of a rebel FSA official, Mohammed Kamal al-Hamami.
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
Hardline Islamist rebels in Syria are facing a backlash from moderate groups and the Syrian population amid increasing reports of power abuses
Syria has invited two United Nations officials to visit the country to discuss the alleged use of chemical weapons in the ongoing conflict
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
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
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