Western and Middle Eastern leaders are working to unite Syria's divided opposition. But Syrian's Bashar al-Assad has already put the brakes on any hopes for a deal.
Syria began its descent into civil war in early 2011, when government security forces shot and killed protesters. But if President Bashar al-Assad thought a show of force would end the protests, he was wrong.
Is the regime of President Bashar al-Assad responsible for the chemical weapons attack in northern Syria? Experts suggest it could have been jihadi rebels. It wouldn't be the first time.
The downing of a Syrian military plane by a US fighter jet is the latest - and perhaps most serious - sign of a stepped-up US military role in the war. That could put the United States on a collision course with Russia.
A suspected chemical attack in Syria has prompted an emergency UN Security Council meeting. World leaders blame President Bashar al-Assad's government for the country's deadliest chemical attack in years.
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