Hezbollah takes lead in pounding Syrian rebels – USA TODAY

USA TODAYBEIRUT, Lebanon — Forces of the terrorist group Hezbollah say they are winning battles to defeat a three-year rebellion against Syrian dictator Bashar Assad by pouring fighters into remote…

Six hundred Syrians flee besieged Old Homs in aid convoy – Reuters

ReutersBEIRUT (Reuters) – Six hundred people left the besieged ruins of rebel-held central Homs on Sunday, escaping more than a year of hunger and deprivation caused by one of the…

Al Qaeda fighters in Syria kill rival rebel leader – Fox News

Fox NewsBEIRUT – Al Qaeda fighters killed the leader of a rival Islamic brigade in a twin car bombing near Syria’s northern city of Aleppo, an attack likely to further…

UN calls for unity after deadly Lebanon bombing – The Daily Star

The Daily StarBEIRUT: The U.N. Security Council appealed to the Lebanese people to preserve national unity despite consistent attempts to undermine the country’s stability, in the wake of the deadly…

US denies it sought direct negotiations with Syria in Geneva – Reuters

ReutersWASHINGTON/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Washington denied claims by Syria’s foreign minister on Saturday that American diplomats had sought to negotiate directly with their Syrian counterparts at last week’s ‘Geneva 2’ peace…

Deadly car bomb targets Hezbollah in Beirut – USA TODAY

USA TODAYBEIRUT (AP) — A car bomb ripped through a Shiite neighborhood in south Beirut on Tuesday, killing four people and sending plumes of smoke over the area in the…

Bomb Hits Hezbollah Neighborhood – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalHezbollah supporters gather at the site of a bomb blast in the Haret Hreik neighborhood in southern Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday. European Pressphoto Agency. BEIRUT—A car bomb exploded in…

Four killed in Beirut southern suburbs blast: security source – Reuters

ReutersBEIRUT (Reuters) – Four people were killed in a blast in Beirut’s southern suburbs on Tuesday, a security source told Reuters, attributing the blast to a suicide bomber wearing an…

Syrian government submits plan for truce, prisoner swap – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesBEIRUT — The Syrian government Friday said it had presented plans to its Russian allies for a cease-fire in the northern city of Aleppo and an exchange of…

More than 200000 Syrians live in besieged areas, UN official says – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesBEIRUT – More than 200,000 Syrians are living in areas besieged by pro-government or rebel forces and lacking regular supplies of food and other essentials, the United Nations’…

First shipment of chemical weapons material leaves Syria – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesBEIRUT — The initial consignment of Syria’s most toxic chemical weapons material was shipped out of the country Tuesday, international officials said, advancing a cleanup effort widely seen…

Syria ships out first batch of chemical weapons materials – Reuters

ReutersBEIRUT (Reuters) – Syria has started moving chemical weapons materials out of the country in the most crucial phase of an internationally backed disarmament program that has been delayed by…

Syrian rebels battle al-Qaeda-linked fighters – USA TODAY

USA TODAYBEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels seized a compound held by al-Qaeda-linked militants Sunday as their one-time allies used car bombs against them, in some of the most serious infighting…

Saudi Terror Suspect Dies in Custody – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalBEIRUT—A Saudi terror suspect detained in Lebanon last week died in custody, Lebanese officials said Saturday, bringing a sudden end to a budding controversy over the fate of…

Syrian Rebel Alliance Battles al-Qaida-linked Fighters – Voice of America

Voice of AmericaBEIRUT — An alliance of Islamist and other rebel factions battled fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) across north-western Syria on Saturday in…

Syrian rebel alliance battles al Qaeda-linked fighters – Reuters

ReutersBEIRUT (Reuters) – An alliance of Islamist and other rebel factions battled fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) across north-western Syria on Saturday in apparently…

Senior al-Qaida figure dies in custody in Lebanon – USA TODAY

USA TODAYBEIRUT (AP) — The leader of an al-Qaida-linked group that carried out attacks across the Middle East before shifting its focus to Syria’s civil war died on Saturday while…

Suspected Saudi militant dies in Lebanese custody: sources – Reuters

ReutersBEIRUT (Reuters) – The suspected leader of an al Qaeda-linked militant group that claimed responsibility for bombing the Iranian embassy in Beirut two months ago died in custody on Saturday,…

Blast in Hezbollah-run area of Beirut kills 5 – USA TODAY

USA TODAYBEIRUT (AP) — An explosion tore through a crowded commercial street Thursday in a south Beirut neighborhood that is bastion of support for the Shiite group Hezbollah, killing at…

Beirut Bomb Targets Hezbollah Stronghold – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalFlames rise from burning cars at the site of a car bomb that targeted Beirut’s southern suburb of Haret Hreik on Thursday. Agence France-Presse/Getty Images. BEIRUT—A bomb ripped…

Selfie shows teen’s final moments – USA TODAY

USA TODAYBEIRUT (AP) — It’s a happy moment, a selfie taken by a group of teenagers on a sunny day in downtown Beirut. Mohammed Shaar sits among his friends in…

Report: Israel shells Lebanon after rockets fired – USA TODAY

USA TODAYBEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s state news agency says Israeli tanks have shelled a Lebanese border area after rockets hit Israel. The agency said that over 20 shells hit the…

Syrian airstrike kills 21 in Aleppo: report – Washington Times

Washington TimesBEIRUT — A Syrian government airstrike hit a crowded vegetable market in a rebel-held neighborhood of the northern city of Aleppo on Saturday, killing at least 21 people, activists…

Political assassination fuels fear of more instability in Lebanon – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesBEIRUT—The assassination by car bomb on Friday of a prominent Lebanese political figure who was critical of the Shiite militia Hezbollah has raised the specter of greater instability…

Beirut bomb kills politician who criticized Syria – Boston Globe

Boston GlobeBEIRUT — The bomb that tore through downtown Beirut on Friday killed a former Lebanese finance minister who was a prominent critic of the Syrian government — an attack…

Dozens Are Killed in Syrian Violence, Even as Peace Talks Approach – New York Times

New York TimesBEIRUT, Lebanon — At least 25 people were killed in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Sunday, antigovernment activists reported, in the eighth straight day of intense…

Body of UK doctor who died in Syria released – USA TODAY

USA TODAYBEIRUT (AP) — The International Committee of the Red Cross handed over to British officials Saturday the body of a U.K. doctor who died this week in Syrian government…

UN appeals for record $6.5B in Syria aid – USA TODAY

USA TODAYBEIRUT (AP) — The exodus of millions of people from Syria in one of the largest refugee flights in decades is pushing neighboring countries to a breaking point, and…

Syrian airstrikes pummel rebel areas – Businessweek

BusinessweekBEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government aircraft pounded opposition areas in the northern city of Aleppo and near the southern border with Jordan on Monday, a day after airstrikes killed at…

UPDATE 3-Syrian army retakes road needed to ship out chemical arms – Reuters

Reuters… Print. * Syrian TV broadcasts footage in captured town of Nabak. * Watchdog chief says chemical arms removal may be delayed. * Russia says could help provide transport for…