CNN's Jim Clancy reports on one of the deadliest days around the Syrian capital in the past week.
Syria's president exhorted his country's armed forces on Wednesday to restore stability to his nation, reeling from a growing grass-roots armed resistance.
CNN's Ivan Watson reports on the fight over Aleppo, and how rebel fighters took control of a military base near the city.
Recent events have left Syria watchers near breathless: government loss of control of border crossings into Iraq and Turkey, rebels temporarily holding portions of Damascus, the unexplained movement of some of Syria's extensive arsenal of chemical weapons, and fighting spreading to the streets of the traditional Alawite stronghold of Aleppo.
A military hospital in the line of fire in Damascus as fighting spread. ITN's Alex Thomson reports.
The U.N. Security Council renewed its Syrian observer mission for 30 days Friday, a small reprieve for a unit tasked with monitoring a failed peace plan.
Syrian TV shows new video of President Bashar al-Assad, the first since a deadly attack on top officials Wednesday.
CNN's Ivan Watson reports on the significance of the blast in Damascus that killed top Syrian officials.
Syrian TV showed video of President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday, the first images broadcast of him since a deadly attack on top officials a day earlier.
A deadly attack Wednesday delivered the harshest blow yet to President Bashar al-Assad's regime, taking the bloodshed into his inner circle.
CNN's Arwa Damon reports on the attack in Damascus that killed 4 key Syrian officials in Bashar al-Assad's inner circle.
The brazen attack that killed some of the most senior leaders of the Syrian government Wednesday is a profound psychological blow that could loosen President Bashar al-Assad's grip on power, several experts said.
The corpses lay strewn in the restive Damascus suburb of Douma, all slain in what residents there call a government-backed "massacre."
Activists are trapped for days after sneaking into a Damascus suburb to film evidence of a massacre. (Graphic content)
Increasing violence in the Syrian capital is pointing toward a major fight ahead, a rebel spokesman told CNN Monday.
According to Syria opposition activist, low-flying helicopters carried out latest attack. Mohammed Jamjoom reports.
The head of a prominent Syrian opposition group says U.S. President Barack Obama should take greater action on Syria and not be worried about whether the "right decision" will hurt Obama's re-election campaign.
On the eve of a key gathering of world diplomats, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will meet Friday with her Russian counterpart in a bid to find common ground on the crisis in Syria.
CNN's exclusive footage from journalist James Foley, shot in Maaret al Nouman in Syria shows the struggle to survive.
United Nations observers finally entered the northwestern Syrian town of al Haffa Thursday to find it deserted after days of intense fighting.
The Syrian government blamed last Friday's rebel attack on an electric power station in downtown Damascus on "armed terrorist gangs" -- the same epithet it has used to describe the protest movement that erupted in the southern border city of Daraa more than a year ago.
Many observers point to Moscow's close ties with Damascus going back to the 1950s as a reason for Russia now acting to defend the al-Assad regime in Syria against its many internal and external opponents.
A car explosion shook the city of Deir Ezzor on Saturday, opposition activists and the Syrian regime said, adding to a spate of similar bombings in recent weeks.
Gunfire and mortar shells pierced the pre-dawn sky in cities around Syria early Monday, the latest in the months-long violence that has even begun spilling into neighboring countries.
It's been a month since the "cease-fire" was due to come into effect in Syria as the first step in a U.N.-backed peace plan, with a team of U.N. monitors on the ground to observe the progress.
Two Turkish journalists have been freed from a Syria prison. CNN's Ivan Watson reports.
A video purportedly released by a shadowy, Syrian-based terrorist group claimed responsibility Saturday for dual suicide bombings that killed dozens and wounded hundreds in the country's capital this week.
A powerful explosion rocked Aleppo, Syria's most populous city, late Friday, killing a guard at an office of President Bashar al-Assad's ruling Baath Party, opposition groups reported.
Two powerful explosions kill dozens of people in the Syrian capital of Damascus. CNN's Arwa Damon reports.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned a bomb blast Wednesday near a convoy of U.N. observers that was entering the southern Syrian city of Daraa.
Syrian government snipers and other forces stalked opponents in homes and neighborhoods Friday in a campaign of gunfire, shelling and arrests amid mass protests against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad, an opposition group said.
A suicide bombing in a Damascus neighborhood killed nine people Friday -- most of them government forces -- and further unraveled an already tenuous ceasefire, Syrian state media reported.
Arwa Damon reports attacks continue across Syria despite optimism the presence of U.N. monitors would decrease violence.
Security forces fired at demonstrators in a Syrian city Wednesday while United Nations observers were visiting, activists said.
Kofi Annan, the United Nations-Arab League envoy to Syria, told the U.N. Security Council that he was "gravely concerned at the course of events" after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad failed to withdraw troops from cities and towns by Tuesday's self-imposed deadline.
Shelling in the besieged Syrian city of Hama continued Thursday, a day after the United Nations Security Council called for the regime to end the bloodshed.
Intense fighting between Syrian rebels and government forces erupted Monday in the Damascus neighborhood of al-Mazzeh, the site of embassies, security buildings and the homes of some members of the president's inner circle, opposition activists said.
Fresh explosions and riveting gunfire punctuated the pre-dawn hours Monday in cities around Syria, opposition activists said, with the ongoing violence coming on the heels of yet another bloody weekend in the embattled nation.
Deadly explosions rocked parts of Damascus on Saturday with some of the targets being Syrian government facilities, witnesses and state television reported.
When Firas Fayyad failed to arrive at the Dubai airport from Damascus in November, Ellesar Hasan shivered with fear and sensed the worst: The regime of Bashar al-Assad had either jailed or killed her new husband.
In what he described as a candid and comprehensive conversation, Kofi Annan, the special United Nations envoy to Syria, laid out proposals Saturday to President Bashar al-Assad that were aimed at halting the relentless carnage.
Kofi Annan, the joint special envoy to Syria for the United Nations and the Arab League, will meet Saturday in Damascus with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad "to seek an urgent end to all violence and human rights violations and to initiate efforts to promote a peaceful solution" to the violence that has wracked the country for nearly a year, his spokesman said Friday.
The International Committee of the Red Cross is trying to negotiate a cease-fire between Syrian authorities and the opposition so the humanitarian agency can deliver food and medical supplies to the besieged city of Homs and other locations, a spokesman said Monday.
CNN's Ivan Watson reports from inside Syria on his visit to a town held by the opposition.
Syrian opposition activists spoke Tuesday of being past the point of no return in their struggle against the al-Assad regime, which stepped up its siege on the city of Homs and reportedly launched fresh attacks across the country.
A Syrian general was gunned down in the heart of the capital on Saturday, according to state media, as fresh violence flared in several cities and world powers mulled a way to halt the government's bloody offensive against civilians.
Syrian artillery fire echoed throughout the embattled city of Homs on Monday, with a human rights group reporting nearly 100 more civilians killed around the country.
The Syrian regime under President Bashar al-Assad approached the outset of the Arab awakening in Tunisia and Egypt in a state of politico-psychological denial.
The United States shuttered its embassy in Syria and pulled out its remaining staff Monday after the government refused to address its security concerns, the State Department said.
At least 64 people were killed in Syria on Sunday, according to an opposition activist group, as the Arab League suspended a monitoring mission designed to protect Syrian civilians from government-sponsored violence.
The United States is considering closing its embassy in Damascus, Syria, because of security concerns, the State Department said Friday.
A Syrian opposition group demanding the end of President Bashar al-Assad's reign announced Friday that it has begun coordinating with the rebel Free Syria Army and anti-government protesters took to the streets to support the breakaway force.
Syria was tense Saturday as the families of the victims of a suicide bombing in the capital and lethal clashes elsewhere buried their dead, and as Syria's Christians celebrate Orthodox Christmas.
The embattled Syrian regime, reacting after a suicide bombing in the capital and continued violence in several anti-government bastions, vowed Friday to confront its foes with stern resolve as more than 60 deaths were counted across the nation.
Two powerful suicide car bombs shook the seat of Syrian power Friday in a strike the government blamed on terrorists, and opposition forces called the work of the Bashar al-Assad regime.
The U.N. refugee agency details the plight of thousands of Syrians who are fleeing to Libya to escape the violence.
Syria on Saturday slammed the U.N. Human Rights Council's stinging condemnation of its security crackdown, calling the resolution "unjust and blatantly politicized."
ITN's Jonathan Miller reports from Damascus, Syria, under Syrian government restrictions.
A fledgling force of Syrian military deserters said it struck an important government security complex on the outskirts of the capital overnight, a bold strike reflecting the resolve and confidence of the regime's opposition.
A member of the activist network working to disseminate what goes on inside Syria speaks to CNN's Rima Maktabi via Skype.
A leading Syrian opposition group called Tuesday for the introduction of U.N. peacekeepers in Syria after talks with Russian government officials, according to the Russian news agency Interfax.
Braving gunfire and security checkpoints, Syrian protesters marched Friday against the government and in support of opposition calls for an internationally enforced no-fly zone, opposition groups said.
Seventeen people were reported dead in Syria Wednesday as a result of continued clashes between government and opposition forces, a leading opposition group said.
CNN's Ralitsa Vassileva reports on the nations calling for the end of the Syrian violence.
Syrian security forces cracked down on anti-government demonstrations in cities around the country Tuesday, as prayers marking the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr turned into protests, opposition sources said.
A growing number of Syria's Middle Eastern neighbors, including its closest allies Iran and Hezbollah, are calling on the embattled and defiant Damascus regime to implement reforms.
CNN's Ivan Watson reports on the request by Syrian demonstrators for international help.
Security forces surrounding the Rifaie Mosque in the Damascus suburb of Kafr Sousa fired tear gas early Saturday on thousands of worshipers as they ended their prayers and tried to leave the building, the Local Coordination Committees of Syria (LCC) reported.
Two of Syria's neighbors joined growing international calls Monday for Damascus to halt its violent crackdown on anti-government protesters -- calls that came even as the violence itself continued.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to halt the use of force on civilians "immediately."
Even with the start of Ramadan, violence continues to escalate in Syria. CNN's Arwa Damon reports.
The 15 members of the U.N. Security Council ended a second day of private discussion Tuesday without deciding how to respond to Syria's violent crackdown on protesters.
At least 23 people died Friday when demonstrations across the country were met by a fierce government crackdown, activists told CNN.
Syrian opposition voices spoke out Monday against a proposed law that would allow for new political parties, calling it little more than a publicity stunt.
Perhaps as many as six protesters died in Syria Friday as demonstrators took to the streets across the country, according to activist reports.
Syrian forces moved into a city near the Lebanese border Sunday, detaining dozens of people, residents said.
Violence erupted yet again during nationwide protests Friday in Syria, with an activist reporting at least 21 civilians and one soldier killed.
Hands twisting anxiously, the young doctor says: "I am always scared, everyone is scared."
Diplomatic feathers were bristling in Washington and Damascus Friday, with U.S. and Syrian officials expressing displeasure over their respective counterparts.
Syria's embattled government allowed about 200 activists and intellectuals, including some it had previously jailed, to hold a conference on democratic reform Monday at a Damascus hotel.
At least nine people were killed in an angry day of protests across Syria on Friday, six in the restive western city of Homs and three others in the outskirts of the capital Damascus.
CNN's Matthew Chance talks to a man who escaped to Turkey after he was shot three times during a protest in Syria.
CNN's Arwa Damon reports that while things are calm in the Syrian capital, chaos continues in other parts of the country.
Demonstrators took to the streets Friday after Muslim prayers, as they have on past Fridays in recent weeks in a number of Syrian cities, resulting in 10 deaths, according to an activist group.
The scene inside Syria's capital Thursday contrasted sharply with the scene in recent days on the Turkish side of the border, where some 10,000 refugees have sought shelter and safety as unrest continues to shake the country.
At least 15 people were killed Friday across Syria in widespread anti-government demonstrations, according to reports.
Missing from mainstream coverage of Syria's uprising: love, hope and the gleam in the eyes of Syrian people awake as never before. Easily dismissed as quixotic by the jaded, this incredible florescence will see the revolution through.
Syrian State TV reports the military has began pulling out of Daraa. CNN's Rima Maktabi reports.
A prominent Syrian opposition figure was arrested in a suburb of Damascus on Friday, according to witnesses and his wife, and protests sweeping across the country left at least 21 civilians and 10 security officers dead.
At least three protesters were killed Sunday when security forces and secret police raided the town of Jableh on Syria's western coast and fired at demonstrators without warning, according to an eyewitness and demonstrator.
At least 10 people died Saturday after Syrian security forces opened fire on protesters who turned out across the country to mourn dozens of demonstrators slain the day before, eyewitnesses told CNN.
Women and children from a Syrian village rallied Wednesday for the release of their husbands and fathers snatched up by security forces the day before, an eyewitness told CNN.
Syrian authorities have arrested at least 117 activists, intellectuals and anti-government supporters since early Monday, a human rights group said.
At least four people died and 17 others were injured by sniper shots as Syrian army and security forces gathered in the northwestern city of Banias, an eyewitness said Sunday, the same day state news reported an ambush on an armed forces unit that killed nine.
A day after demonstrations across Syria reportedly led to the deaths of more than three dozen protesters, the government in Damascus declared its intentions on Saturday to crack down hard on what it describes as unrest provoked by outside instigators.
Yazan, 23, shuffles into a cafe in the Old City of Damascus. "Sorry I'm late," he says, quickly ordering a Smirnoff and a toshka, a sandwich of meat and cheese. "But I was arguing with all my friends who've joined pro-Bashar [al-Assad] Facebook groups. They always tell me to be quiet. I'm the crazy old man in the corner that no one listens to."
Syrian president Bashar al-Assad was never supposed to ascend to power, but his brother's death changed all that.
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