May 6, 2013 United Nations prosecutor Carla del Ponte has told Swiss news outlets that there's evidence pointing at the opposition, not the Assad regime. The U.N. says no "conclusive findings" have been reached. The White House is skeptical about del Ponte's comments.
March 21, 2013 Among those dead in the attack in Damascus is a prominent cleric who was a strong supporter of President Bashar Assad. Mohammed Saeed Ramadan al-Bouti's death is seen as a blow to the Syrian leader.
March 19, 2013 State-controlled media say rebels used the weapons in Aleppo. Opposition forces say the Assad regime is responsible. Neither the report of such weapons being used nor who might be responsible have been confirmed. The White House says it has no evidence the weapons were used.
February 18, 2013 The decision comes the same day a U.N. commission said both the rebels as well as the Assad regime had committed atrocities and should be brought to justice.
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.