January 6, 2013 The president outlined a plan that includes a new constitution, but said it could only take place once other countries stop funding the opposition. He maintained his assertions that the violence is fueled by terrorists and gave no hint he would step down.
December 23, 2012 Syrian activists are reporting that a government airstrike has killed tens of people at a bakery near the central city of Hama. As the situation continues to worsen, special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi is arriving in Damascus for talks with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.
December 13, 2012 For the first time, a top Russian diplomat has said that the Syrian president may be toppled. Coming from a country that has been among Assad's strongest supporters, the words are significant, analysts say.
December 10, 2012 The decision to add Jabhat al-Nusra to the list of foreign terrorist organizations is meant to marginalize extremists who are among the groups working to oust President Bashar Assad. A State Department spokeswoman said the group was an al-Qaida front.
August 29, 2012 Syrian president Bashar Assad appeared in a pre-recorded interview today, saying the military situation in his country is improving and that Syrian government troops just need more time. He says the conflict is cleansing his nation.
August 17, 2012 Lakhdar Brahimi, a former Algerian foreign minister and longtime U.N. troubleshooter, will try to broker a peace between the Assad regime and its opponents.
August 10, 2012 The ongoing crisis is underscored by the enormous number of people who have been forced to flee their homes. While nearly 150,000 have sought refuge in other countries, far more have been uprooted but remain in Syria.
August 9, 2012 There are conflicting reports about whether the regime has retaken territory in the key city. Meanwhile, a prime minister has been named to replace the one who defected earlier this week.
July 19, 2012 "There is a crisis in the heart of the regime" after the deaths of three insiders and as clashes near the presidential palace, Washington Post correspondent Liz Sly tells Morning Edition.
July 3, 2012 The watchdog group says interviews with hundreds of former detainees and defectors show that an "archipelago of torture centers" has been created. Opponents of the Assad regime report being beaten, sexually assaulted and subjected to mock executions.
June 29, 2012 Thousands have been killed in Syria since March 2011. But the past 24 hours have been especially deadly, anti-Assad activists say.
June 27, 2012 The peace plan clearly isn't being implemented, says the U.N.'s deputy envoy for Syria, Jean-Marie Guehenno. Meanwhile, the U.N. says most evidence points at the Assad regime for last month's massacre in Houla.
June 21, 2012 A Jordanian official says the pilot wants to defect. The Syrian government is only confirming it lost contact with the aircraft. Activists say this would be the first such action by a Syrian military pilot since anti-Assad protests began in 2011.