December 6, 2012 The defense secretary says the U.S. intelligence community has information that raises "serious concerns" because it indicates the Assad regime is prepared to use chemical weapons in his fight against rebel forces.
December 4, 2012 NATO said the missiles, as well as the radar system, will only be used for defensive purposes — that is they will only be used to intercept mortars once they have crossed into Turkish territory.
December 3, 2012 Some Syrian military attacks on Turkey have drawn a harsh response. But in an incident over the weekend, the Turks chose to play it down. The episode shows the complicated nature of the battle.
November 30, 2012 Activists say they are aiming at the Assad regime's websites around the world, in response to the Syrian government pulling the plug on the Internet and cellphone service across Syria.
November 29, 2012 The Assad regime and its opponents are blaming each other for the Web outage. The fighting around the airport has led carriers to suspend service to Damascus.
November 28, 2012 Syrian rebels claim to have shot down a government MiG fighter jet and captured one of its pilots. It appears to be one of the first times Syrian rebels have successfully used a type of portable missile and could mark a turning point as the rebels challenge the regime's advantage in the air.
November 20, 2012 A Syrian governor visits a town controlled by rebels, and it helps ease the suffering. But the move also draws criticism from both pro- and anti-government forces.
November 20, 2012 The newly formed Syrian National Coalition is the "sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people," British Foreign Secretary William Hague says. Britain joins France in recognizing the organization.
November 12, 2012 After a mortar round fired from Syria struck near an Israeli army post, Israeli troops fired back with tank shells. The Israeli military says its forces hit the source of the mortar round.
November 11, 2012 The shots — the first that Israel has fired at Syria since the 1973 Yom Kippur War — come just days after a Syrian mortar shell hit a target inside the Israel-occupied Golan Heights. Israel noted the Syrian firing was part of that country's civil war. Separately, Israel also said it was ready to respond to a barrage of rocket fire from Gaza.
November 5, 2012 The heavy fighting included car bombs, airstrikes and shelling in several cities.
November 2, 2012 Amnesty International and U.N. officials say the apparent executions may have been war crimes. They're appealing to the Assad regime and its opponents to respect the human rights of prisoners.
October 30, 2012 Syrian government jets bomb Damascus suburbs and other towns to root out rebels, while Qatari prime minister delivers blistering criticism of Syrian leader Assad.
October 25, 2012 A message has appeared on the website of Syria's SANA news agency saying that the country's armed forces will halt military operations for four days, starting Friday. But the regime has some conditions and rebels doubt the military will honor its pledge.
October 24, 2012 But other ceasefire deals have quickly fallen apart, and it isn't clear that the Syrian regime has signed on to this latest effort. If there is a truce, it is supposed to last through the four-day Eid al-Adha holiday.