Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad bases his power on his Alawite minority. They make up a big portion of his Army and his government leadership. So, when an Alawite defects, he's cast as an outsider from his own people, but also by the rebels, who don't trust any Alawites.
Syria has a cache of weapons of mass destruction, certainly including chemical weapons, possibly including biological weapons, and on Monday President Barack Obama warned Syria that moving or using any of those weapons would bring swift U.S. military intervention.
Syria's civil war continues to wear on with both sides claiming huge gains in their effort to win control of the country. A former Syrian prime minister, Riad Hijab, however, went on TV and said the Syrian regime is collapsing.
Syria's crops are spoling in the country's fields. The nation's livestock are being starved, sold or killed. According to a new report from the United Nations, Syrians are in danger of starving if urgent aid isn't provided.
Syria's rebels have taken hold of several key areas of Aleppo, the country's largest city, but the Syrian Army is mounting a concerted counter attack to try and drive them out of the country's commercial heart.
Syria's ongoing civil war has moved to Aleppo, where rebels and government forces have squared off in several days of violent battles. Both sides claimed victories on Monday, but the real losers are the civilians.
As the violence in Syria continues to escalate, Israel isn't taking any chances with security along its northern border and in the Golan Heights. Residents there have mixed emotions about the ongoing conflict, while the Israel government worries it could send refugees or militants over its border.
In what could be a major escalation of the violence in Syria, government forces have taken to the air to try and roll back a rebel advance into the country's commercial hub, Aleppo. It's the first time fighter jet attacks have been reported.
Syria spiraled further out of control over the weekend, with increased fighting in and around the country's two main cities and the government for the first time admitting that it has chemical weapons. Amidst all that, children are paying a heavy price.
Syria was rocked Wednesday morning by a deadly suicide bombing that killed the defense minister and President Bashar al-Assad's brother-in-law, the military's deputy chief of staff. It's a further sign the tide of the revolution may be turning.