Jan 25, 2014 — On the first day of face-to-face meetings, representatives of the two sides made eye contact, but spoke only through the U.N. mediator.
Dec 7, 2013 — Many Syrians fled their country and took refuge just across the border, planning to wait out the war. But now, a growing number are working with smugglers to get to northern Europe. The Syrians say they see no end in sight to the civil war and want to start a new life.
Nov 15, 2013 — The United Nations has outlined a detailed plan for disposing of the deadly agents outside Syria, but so far there are no takers for the task.
Oct 11, 2013 — Many say the award fails to recognize the victims in the country's war. Some even call it a present to President Bashar Assad for agreeing to give up chemical weapons.
Oct 4, 2013 — The U.S. has provided more than $1.5 billion to Syria since the war began more than two years ago. Virtually all of it is has been spent on humanitarian aid and social programs, though that gets much less attention than the relatively small amount that goes to the Syrian rebels.
Oct 1, 2013 — In parts of the Arab world, the streets are full of men, while women are relatively scarce. But in Syria, the civil war has reversed this dynamic. Many young men are living as virtual recluses because they fear they will be detained as suspected rebels or rebel sympathizers.
Sep 17, 2013 — President Obama has called many times for the ouster of the Syrian president. But now Bashar Assad is seen as necessary to oversee the destruction of the country's chemical weapons supply. One analyst sums up the U.S. policy as, "We want him to go, but not right now."
Sep 7, 2013 — The atmosphere in Damascus is increasingly tense and fearful as the Syrian government seems to have kicked into high gear to protect itself. Many residents say their city feels as if it's come under foreign occupation since the U.S. indicated it might carry out a military strike against Syria.
Sep 4, 2013 — Since President Obama threatened military action in Syria, the capital has turned into one huge military barracks. State security personnel and soldiers have abandoned their garrison compounds on the outskirts of town and moved into the city, closing off entire streets for their own use.
Sep 3, 2013 — Despite the end of the Cold War, U.S. presidents are sending the U.S. military into battle with great frequency. The military has carried out more than a dozen separate operations since the first Gulf War in Iraq in 1991.