February 6, 2012

06:56 GMT

Syrian opposition sources conveyed that forces loyal to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad pounded the city of Homs

February 5, 2012

10:47 GMT

Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has assured that any foreign military intervention in Syria would lead to the "explosion" of the entire region.

07:31 GMT

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov tries to explain Russia's veto against the Arab - Western UN Security Council resolution on Syria.

February 4, 2012

17:59 GMT

Russia and China on Saturday vetoed a Western-Arab U.N. Security Council resolution backing an Arab League plan for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down.

14:23 GMT

At least 15 civilians were killed and 30 wounded Saturday by gunfire from security forces during a funeral in the town of Daraya near Damascus, said the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights

06:22 GMT

At least 337 people were killed in shelling by Syrian forces in the city of Homs, activists said on Saturday.

February 3, 2012

Hama in 1982
17:25 GMT

At least 34 people were killed Friday in clashes across Syria.

February 2, 2012

Assad and Turkish PM in past days
17:36 GMT

Turkey may consider offering asylum to the family of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose country was shaken by a bloody protest since March 2011

February 1, 2012

Alawis: (8-15%) Al-Assad's faith (rumor claims he converted for his Sunni wife). Considered Shia, this religious minority, once persecuted, managed to rule the country. Alawis will be vulnerable if the regime falls. Only some who profited under Assad, pledged support to the regime. Assad was harsher to Alawi 'traitors' than the Sunni majority.
17:17 GMT

As the Syrian conflicts escalates, showing little sign of abating, or of effective intervention, the whole world has been abuzz with the prospect of Syria slipping into a sectarian scenario reminiscent of Iraq and Lebanon.

13:32 GMT

The Syrian regime on Wednesday continued its offensive against the opposition in the surrounding areas of the capital Damascus, Homs and the southern town of Dara'a.

UN Security Council
07:32 GMT

Russia last night still opposed sanctions against Syria.

January 31, 2012

Syria and Iraq leaders
07:26 GMT

The Iraqi government of Nouri al-Maliki has recently allowed the passage of Iranian arms through its territory to Syria in order to support the Syrian regime against its opponents

January 30, 2012

14:07 GMT

Opposition sources said on Monday that at 35 people were killed in clashes across the country.

09:01 GMT

A statement by the Syrian Association for the Defense of Human Rights claimed on Sunday that soldiers from the Air Intelligence carried out the death sentence by firing squad against army dissident Hussein Harmoush.

January 29, 2012

Unique strategic alliance: The enduring love affair between Iran & Syria has survived against the odds. The religious republic & secular state have made it work uniting against common enemies as Iraq in the past, Israel & the US until today. Shia state Iran will feel 
isolated in a sea of hostile Arabs if the ruling off-shoot Shia family falls.
15:27 GMT

Syria's external links: As the Syrian 'lion' rages and the regime's clampdown on opposition forces scores an alarming death-toll, the media is ridden with questions addressing the peculiar deadlock or impasse in this Arab Spring country. Since international players often seem to 'help' to determine the fate of Arab regimes, it may be prudent to examine who exactly is set to profit from this regime's seeming inevitable demise, or else retention of power should the Arab League's (shaky) Peace Plan be implemented. Which countries of the region and transregionally are praying for Al Assad's removal, and which would far rather he hung around?