May 12, 2013 — Four Filipino peacekeepers are now free, days after being abducted by Syrian rebels. They had been patrolling an area that divides Syria and Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Rebels from the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade said the four had been held for their own protection. But Filipino officials say they were used as human shields.
Mar 18, 2013 — Syria's political opposition is meeting in Istanbul this week to choose a rebel government, despite opposition from the Obama administration. The vote has been postponed twice because of internal tensions over naming a rival government to Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime.
Mar 10, 2013 — In a rare test of democracy, a soft-spoken, 31-year-old aid worker won a seat on the Aleppo provincial council in a vote held on March 3 in neighboring Turkey. Abdul Rahman Kahir won top votes for his work organizing aid distributions in the Syrian city.
Mar 6, 2013 — The U.N. Security Council demanded the immediate release of the 21 peacekeepers who were seized in the Golan Heights area between Syria and Israel. A Syrian rebel group called the Martyrs of Yarmouk claimed responsibility.
Feb 27, 2013 — During the nearly two-year-old battle that has cost tens of thousands of lives, the U.S. has not given direct assistance to those who oppose President Bashar Assad's regime. Now, news outlets say, the U.S. may send body armor, vehicles and other such goods.
Feb 23, 2013 — The Syrian National Coalition says it won't attend meetings in Moscow, D.C., and Rome in protest of the continued violence. The announcement comes as fighting in Aleppo intensifies.
Feb 18, 2013 — The decision comes the same day a U.N. commission said both the rebels as well as the Assad regime had committed atrocities and should be brought to justice.
Oct 30, 2012 — Syrian government jets bomb Damascus suburbs and other towns to root out rebels, while Qatari prime minister delivers blistering criticism of Syrian leader Assad.