March 1, 2012 "This is a terrible situation," an activist tells NPR in a Skype call from near there. "We need immediate help. ... There is no food, no medication and no water."
February 29, 2012 There are ominous reports from the district in the city of Homs, which has been under siege for weeks as President Bashar Assad's forces go after opponents.
February 6, 2012 At least 15, and possibly many more, have been killed today in Homs. Over the weekend, about 200 people died in the city, activists say. As the killing continues, the U.S. closes its embassy in Damascus.
December 7, 2011 Despite reports from the U.N. and witnesses in Syria, the country's leader told ABC News that "no government in the world kills its people, unless it's led by a crazy person."
December 6, 2011 Ambassador Robert Ford left in late October because of what the State Department said were "credible threats" against his safety. He has been a very visible supporter of those who oppose the Assad regime.
November 16, 2011 In what looks to be the largest such attack so far in the months-long uprising against the Assad regime, the Air Force Intelligence building and other sites were struck, activists say.
October 24, 2011 Ambassador Robert Ford has called attention to the Assad regime's violent crackdown on opponents. In September, his convoy was attacked. Now, there are new threats, the U.S. says, and it blames the regime.
October 14, 2011 The Assad regime's use of "excessive force to crush peaceful protests" has led to a "devastatingly remorseless toll of human lives," U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says.
August 18, 2011 Sources tell The Associated Press that perhaps as soon as today the Obama administration could issue a call for Assad to leave office.
July 5, 2011 Residents and activists are reporting about what's happening. The Assad regime has said that the violence is being sparked by some in the crowds of protesters.