Syria

August 6, 2014

Lebanese soldiers drive armoured personnel carriers through the border town of Arsal, Aug 6, 2014 (File/AFP)
13:07 GMT

Lebanese forces continued to battle ISIS jihadists in the bordering town of Arsal Wednesday despite a withdrawal of Nusra Front militants from the area.

A Syrian boy, reportedly wounded in a Syrian army airstrike on Douma, a rebel-held town near Damascus, receives medical treatment at a hospital in Douma on August 5, 2014. [AFP]
12:11 GMT

At least 16 people, including two children, have been killed and dozens of others wounded in a shelling by foreign-backed militants targeting a number of areas in the Syrian capital, Damascus.

Experts from the OPCW held a meeting in the Lebanese capital Beirut to discuss the destruction of 12 production sites in Syria over a six-month course. [AFP]
07:56 GMT

A group of chemical weapons experts is due to travel to Syria to continue the destruction of the country’s chemical capabilities.

An Iraqi Yazidi woman from Sinjar cries as she stands among others in a school being used for refuge after fleeing ISIS violence (File/AFP)
07:12 GMT

The UN criticized ISIS attacks in Iraq and Syria and was "deeply concerned" following the latest offensive in Sinjar where 200,000 civilians from the Yazidi community are believed to have fled.

August 5, 2014

Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun (File/AFP)
17:05 GMT

Michel Aoun declared on Tuesday that he had long warned against holding negotiations with terrorists fighting the army in the northeastern town of Arsal.

Lebanese army checkpoint in Arsal. (AFP).
16:41 GMT

Hezbollah Tuesday denied its fighters intervened in the ongoing clashes between the Lebanese Army and militants from Syria in Arsal, and commended the government for its unified stance in support of the military.

August 4, 2014

Employing smaller groups of local fighters, the "white shrouds" are battling ISIS with a tactic that's different from the FSA and other groups.
19:22 GMT

Calling themselves the 'white shrouds,' local tribesman in Syria's Deir al-Zor province are fighting ISIS back, conducting kidnappings and violent killings of militants trying to seize control.

Lebanese security forces stand on the outskirts of Arsal, close to the Syrian border, Aug 3, 2014 (File/AFP)
08:39 GMT

Violence continues to erupt in the border town of Arsal. Since the Syrian war began, it spilled into Lebanon and had detrimental consequences for the entire region.

An injured child awaits treatment in a makeshift hospital following government shelling in Douma, Aug 3, 2014 (File/AFP)
07:37 GMT

Over 44 people were killed in and around Damascus Sunday after clashes between government forces and rebels, according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

August 3, 2014

Lebanese troops deploy in the border town of Arsal on March 19th after reopening the main road out of town, which had been sealed off by residents of the neighbouring town of Labweh. (AFP)
17:09 GMT

The Nusra Front denied Sunday involvement in the Arsal clashes in east Lebanon, and said detained battalion commander Imad Jomaa was not a member.

The LAF dismantle a car rigged with explosives in Arsal. (AFP PHOTO).
15:47 GMT

Gen. Jean Kahwagi Sunday said attacks on Arsal were premeditated, refuting claims that the militant attack was driven by the detention of Imad Jomaa.

A Lebanese army tank drives to the entrance of Arsal, near the Syrian border, Aug 2, 2014 (File/AFP)
10:13 GMT

Eight soldiers from Lebanon's army were killed in overnight clashes with gunmen across the town of Arsal, close to the Syrian border.

A Syrian refugee camp in Jordan, which is likely to receive part of the additional aid the U.S. is providing to Jordan (AFP/ File Archive).
07:53 GMT

The United States will provide Jordan an additional $84 million in aid for Syrian refugees, bringing the total U.S. humanitarian assistance to more than $388 million in Jordan, and more than $2.4 billion in total throughout Syria and the region.

Government forces are believed to have regained full control of several areas close to Damascus (File/AFP)
07:52 GMT

The Syrian army reportedly made gains against militants close to the country's capital, Damascus. Government forces also discovered tunnels used by opposition rebels.

August 2, 2014

Syrian opposition fighters that took part in battles against Syrian government forces in the Karm al-Tarab neighborhood of Aleppo. (AFP)
07:43 GMT

The Lebanese Army Intelligence apprehended seven Syrian nationals while trying to infiltrate illegally into Lebanese territories by evading checkpoints.