In this September 1, 2012 file photo, Syrian detainees who took part in anti-government protests sit in a courtroom before their release, in Damascus, Syria.
The overall geostrategic characteristic of the Syrian military picture is a robust armed struggle for supply routes, lines of communication, major highways and key choke points that is somewhat similar to the initial phase of the first Arab-Israeli War in 1947 - a battle for the roads.
The advanced S-300 Russian air defense system, which Moscow has pledged to deliver to Syria, could reach Hezbollah and beyond, a senior defense official warned on Saturday.
George Sabra speaks during a meeting on the situation in Syria, in Ankara, Turkey, on March 21.
The Syrian opposition claimed on Saturday that the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons in Damascus and in the northern Syrian city of Sarkib, Israel Radio reported quoting Saudi owned Al-Arabiya news network.
CIA chief John Brennan 'was sent to Israel to prevent it from taking action on its own in Syria', according to reports in Israeli media.
For more than two years, the Syrian president has defied predictions that his downfall is imminent.
Most have fled to Jordan and Lebanon, but not have all been registered yet, meaning the true total is likely to be far higher, according to the UNHCR.
The Syrian city of Qusayr lies just 10 miles over the border from Aarsal in northern Lebanon.
Family members of Mohammed Aboud, chant slogans against the Sunni-dominated Free Syrian Army rebel group and the al-Qaida-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra during his funeral in Basra, Iraq's second-largest city, 340 miles southeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, May 17, 2013.
Don't look for the outcry over the Internal Revenue Service's improper targeting of tea party groups to subside with the ouster of the agency's acting commissioner.
As the situation in Syria continues to deteriorate, threats to Israeli security increase - as do the chances for a military conflagration on the Syrian border.
President Barack Obama met Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday as world leaders scramble to find a way to ease Bashar al-Assad from power and end Syria's bloody civil war.
Radical Syrian opposition groups now in control of Aleppo and its surroundings have put in place a religious police, responsible for enforcing a strict form of Islamic rule.
A BBC correspondent who visited the northern town of Saraqeb was told by eyewitnesses that government helicopters had dropped at least two devices containing poisonous gas.