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.
June 3, 2011 Opponents of the Assad regime are using the alleged torture and death of 13-year-old Hamza Ali al-Khateeb as a rallying cry. But now, the government appears to have cut off access to the Web — a vital tool for spreading the word about protests.
May 31, 2011 The boy's family allowed an activist to make a video of Hamza's body. His family says he was tortured and mutilated by forces loyal to the Syrian regime. Now Hamza is being used by opponents of President Assad as a rallying cry.
May 18, 2011 It's hoped, the administration says, that the moves pressure the Assad regime to "end its use of violence against its people and begin transitioning to a democratic system that protects the rights of the Syrian people."
May 10, 2011 President Bashar Assad and his supporters "must accept a political change" that leads to a multi-party form of government, says writer Yassin Haj Saleh, who was kept in prison by the regime for 16 years. Syria's people, he says, will accept no less.