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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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’ … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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, … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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