The violence in Syria has destroyed thousands of lives since it began more than a year ago. As the international community struggles to find a solution for the ongoing conflict, the situation on the ground deteriorates.
Brig. Gen. Manaf Tiass became the highest-ranking military official to defect from Syria when news spread that he was on his way to Paris Friday. Is his departure a sign of what's to come as President Bashar Assad continues his violent crackdown on dissent?
An international human rights organization this week released a report that it says documents a series of detention and torture facilities setup around Syria by the country's government. The report is based on hundreds of interviews with Syrians who were victims of the government program.
Syria is increasingly wracked by violence. Government forces are using increasingly powerful weapons against rebels who are getting their own more powerful weapons. United Nations officials say the country has descended into full-fledged civil war.
Lebanon has become home to thousands of Syrian refugees, trying to flee the ongoing violence in the Middle Eastern country. Now, at least in one area of Lebanon, tensions are breaking into the open, with Syrians and Lebanese kidnapping one another over the weekend.
A group of western nations, including the United States, kicked the Syrian ambassadors out of their countries as punishment for the massacre -- executions, really -- of more than 100 people in Houla over the weekend. Many of the dead were women and children.
In towns around Damascus, citizens try to go on with their daily lives. But, they're on edge, constantly afraid of what approaching Syrian Army soldiers will do. Doctors have had their practices turned upside down and they security threatened if they dare to put their skills toward tending to wounded rebel fighters.
Jordan's born a large portion of the strain of refugees fleeing violence-torn Syria. As the fighting continues in its 14th month and beyond, the United Nations is trying to raise money to help pay the costs of caring for the refugees, but little funding has been forthcoming.
Syrian forces and rebels continue violent clashes and the U.N.-brokered cease fire seems little more than a paper promise. As the violence wears on, outside leaders seem paralyzed about what they can do to stop the violence that has killed at least 9,000 people.
As Syria tries to find its way forward in the 14th month of its civil war, outsiders are beginning to wonder if perhaps outsiders, like al-Qaeda, may have entered the struggle and are perpetrating the most violent acts in an effort to send the country further into chaos.