Footage shot the day Japanese journalist Mika Yamamoto died while covering clashes in Aleppo, Syria.
Syrian government troops have left the Damascus suburb of Daraya a "ghost town," an opposition activist said Sunday as scores of bodies were placed in mass graves.
CNN's Jim Clancy reports on one of the deadliest days around the Syrian capital in the past week.
The whereabouts of an American freelance journalist who has been working in Syria since May are unknown, a news agency reported.
Sunnis and Alawites clash in Tripoli as tensions are aggravated by the Syrian uprising. CNN's Arwa Damon reports.
What's next in Syria's civil war? The answer will have major implications on Syria's neighbors and the Middle East.
Ali Soufan, a former FBI counter-terrorist agent, talks about concerns that Syria's civil war will spread in the region.
Fierce & widespread clashes break out in Damascus, causing speculation Assad's grip may be slipping. Arwa Damon reports.
Several Persian Gulf states called on their citizens to leave Lebanon on Wednesday after the civil war in neighboring Syria fueled protests and kidnapping threats there.
In the city of Qamishli, on Syria's border with Turkey, neither the forces of the Syrian regime nor the rebels of the Free Syrian Army are to be seen. But visitors say the Kurdish flag is very evident, and Kurdish fighters man checkpoints around the city.
A Tuesday summit in the Islamic holy city of Mecca will bring together the biggest ally of the Syrian government and its top regional antagonists, with the country's increasingly bloody civil war topping the agenda.
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation is meeting in Mecca to discuss Syria's civil war. CNN's Reza Sayah reports.
A Syrian family of six struggles to survive after a shell slams into their home. CNN's Jomana Karadsheh reports.
In public at least, the message was defiant. Beleaguered Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, sitting alongside Iran's intelligence chief, proclaimed Tuesday "the determination of the people and government of Syria to cleanse the country of terrorists."
Great Britain said Friday it plans to send an extra 5 million pounds in aid to the Syrian rebels.
The rebel battalions and commanders battling Syria's Bashar al-Assad regime are signing a "code of conduct" pledging to refrain from torture and other human rights abuses, an opposition group said on Wednesday.
In a concrete block apartment building in a working-class Syrian suburb, a young man who calls himself "Big Al" spends his days listening to Nine Inch Nails on his smartphone. He watches back-to-back episodes of "The Simpsons" on his laptop while he shovels a pan of brownies into his mouth.
CNN's Max Foster talks to Barbara Starr and Fawaz Gerges about the ramifications for this latest defect from Syria.
The Syrian Army assaulted the city of Houla on May 25, murdering 90 people, 30 of them children younger than 10. Amateur video reveals rows of bodies, adults and children, riddled with bullet holes and filling makeshift morgues. Earlier, reports from Homs described people tortured, doused in gasoline and set on fire, with the death toll including men, women and children.
Kofi Annan and U.N. diplomats point fingers at one another as the Syrian crisis deepens. CNN's Richard Roth reports.
U.N. and Arab League joint special envoy to Syria Kofi Annan has resigned and will be replaced.
CNN's Ivan Watson reports on the fight over Aleppo, and how rebel fighters took control of a military base near the city.
Recent events have left Syria watchers near breathless: government loss of control of border crossings into Iraq and Turkey, rebels temporarily holding portions of Damascus, the unexplained movement of some of Syria's extensive arsenal of chemical weapons, and fighting spreading to the streets of the traditional Alawite stronghold of Aleppo.
The tragic news from Syria managed to become even more shocking Monday when the regime issued an unprecedented threat to use chemical and biological weapons. The warning, which came couched in deceptively reassuring language, makes it clearer than ever that the world cannot afford to act merely as an interested spectator as Syria unravels in a tangle of shrapnel and blood.
General Jim Jones tells Christiane Amanpour the U.S. should put in place a plan for a post-Assad Syria.
A military hospital in the line of fire in Damascus as fighting spread. ITN's Alex Thomson reports.
A town in Syria hopes to be a model for multi-ethnic opposition to Syria's president. CNN's Arwa Damon reports.
Syria becomes a greater emergency with each passing day. This week Defense Minister Daoud Rajiha and other members of President Bashar al-Assad's inner circle were murdered; opposition groups claimed responsibility.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is the face of his country's regime, but his family members are also believed to wield a powerful influence on issues facing the country.
The corpses lay strewn in the restive Damascus suburb of Douma, all slain in what residents there call a government-backed "massacre."
Activists are trapped for days after sneaking into a Damascus suburb to film evidence of a massacre. (Graphic content)
The Red Cross's declaration Sunday that Syria is engaged in a civil war -- or in the organization's legalistic phrasing, a "non-international armed conflict" -- may have struck some observers as a case of stating the obvious.
Increasing violence in the Syrian capital is pointing toward a major fight ahead, a rebel spokesman told CNN Monday.
The most senior Syrian diplomat to defect and publicly embrace his country's uprising is calling for a foreign military intervention to topple President Bashar al-Assad. He also accused the Damascus regime of collaborating with al Qaeda militants against opponents both in Syria and in neighboring Iraq.
CNN's Mohammed Jamjoom says the U.N. is stepping up its investigation of the alleged massacre site in Syria.
Iran has offered to host talks between Syria's government and opposition in Tehran, its foreign minister said Sunday.
A glimmer of hope emerged Friday about providing emergency aid to areas of Syria torn apart by months of fighting.
Christiane Amanpour explores whether a risk-adverse US political season is affecting Syria.
Dmitri Simes, a think tank president, gives Putin's perspective on the conflict in Syria
Syria's president on Sunday accused the United States of trying to destabilize Syria by providing political support to rebels fighting the regime.
Despite the escalating violence in Syria that led to the suspension of monitoring activities there, the United Nations' can continue to play a crucial role in the embattled country, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a report to be presented to the Security Council.
A human rights group claims thousands have been killed since the start of the unrest in Syria. Ivan Watson reports.
The new Human Rights Watch report "Torture Archipelago" documents in excruciating detail the use of torture in government detention facilities in Syria, including how, where, when and under whose command this torture was carried out. Documenting human rights violations in Syria is anything but easy, so how did we do it?
Human Rights Watch has documented alleged human rights abuses in Syria. CNN's Ivan Watson reports.
"Basat al reeh." "Dulab." "Falaqa." They are Arabic names for torture techniques that send chills through the hearts of Syrians, particularly the untold thousands who are believed to have been detained during the uprising of the last 15 months.
After world leaders heralded a new plan over the weekend to end the crisis in Syria, the agreement between typically sparring countries netted both optimism and doubt.
Turkey scrambles jets as Syrian choppers neared the border. CNN's Ivan Watson reports.
As a dozen delegations sat inside the U.N. headquarters in Geneva on Saturday, drafting a plan to end the bloody Syrian crisis, a large funeral procession made its way through a Damascus suburb, clapping and chanting loud slogans against the government.
International envoy Kofi Annan expressed optimism Friday that the latest talks on the crisis in Syria will yield "an appropriate outcome," despite a failed peace plan and relentless violence in the Middle East nation.
CNN's Ivan Watson reports on NATO and Turkey condemning Syria's actions after shooting down a Turkish military jet.
Bombers killed at least seven people at a pro-regime Syrian satellite channel Wednesday, the government said, as world diplomats were making another try at ending the violence raging across the country.
A Syrian official said his country's forces might have thought the Turkish jet it downed last week was from Israel.
Here is a look at key events Tuesday in the ongoing crisis in Syria:
Turkey is changing its military rules of engagement and will now treat a military approach toward its borders by Syria as a potential threat that "will be dealt with accordingly," Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday.
Turkey meets its NATO partners after Syria shoots down a Turkish military jet. CNN's Ivan Watson reports.
Turkey and Syria are locked in a fierce struggle that has escalated greatly following Friday's downing of a Turkish Phantom F-4 jet by the Syrian authorities. The two heavily armed neighbors are inching gradually into a military confrontation, one that is unlikely to be isolated and that has the potential to turn into a region-wide conflict.
John King and Soner Cagaptay discuss Syria-Turkey relations and how NATO may play into the situation.
Syria raised the stakes Monday in a war of words with Turkey over the shooting down of a Turkish fighter jet by Syria, an incident that threatens to draw in NATO.
Syria has shot down a Turkish military jet in Syrian airspace; now both countries are looking for the missing pilots.
A soul-searching former U.S. soldier volunteers to help wounded Syrians in Lebanon. CNN's Arwa Damon reports.
Another wave of deaths engulfed Syria on Saturday, and top security officials kept their jobs after the regime formed a new government.
Rebel fighters killed 16 Syrian soldiers in a battle in the northern Syria town of Daret Azza on Sunday, the opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
At least 52 more civilians were killed across Syria in the latest fighting of the 15-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad's government, opposition activists said Wednesday.
A Russian cargo ship reported to be carrying arms to Syria is turning back, Britain's top diplomat said Tuesday.
A ship with a mystery cargo travels from Russia to Syria, as CNN's Jill Dougherty reports.
The U.N. monitoring mission in Syria will remain in place for now despite its activities being halted due to rising violence, its leaders said Tuesday.
U.S.-Russian sniping over Syria's growing conflict isn't the early frost of a new Cold War, but it highlights the chilly spots that remain between the onetime foes, longtime observers say.
The U.K. marine insurer the Standard Club has stopped coverage for Russian operator Femco's cargo ship, MV Alaed, amid allegations it is carrying weapons to Syria.
The United Nations said Saturday it has suspended its monitoring mission in Syria due to intensifying violence, sending a strong indication that prospects for peace are failing.
The United Nations suspended all activities in Syria on Saturday due to the escalating levels of violence, the head of the global body's mission said.
CNN's Kristie Lu Stout speaks to photojournalist Robert King, who has risked his life capturing the horror of Syria.
CNN's exclusive footage from journalist James Foley, shot in Maaret al Nouman in Syria shows the struggle to survive.
The U.N. peacekeeping chief says Syria is now in a civil war.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accused Russia of sending attack helicopters to Syria.
The Syrian government blamed last Friday's rebel attack on an electric power station in downtown Damascus on "armed terrorist gangs" -- the same epithet it has used to describe the protest movement that erupted in the southern border city of Daraa more than a year ago.
After days of international shuttling on what to do with the troubling situation in Syria, Russia's foreign minister said Saturday his country will never agree to foreign intervention.
At least 20 people were killed and dozens wounded early Saturday from sporadic shelling in the southern Syrian city of Daraa, the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.
Syrian activists accuse Syrian forces and militias loyal to the regime of executing residents in the village of Qubeir
A U.N. Assistant Secretary-General says in Syria there are now war crimes and torture of the worst kind.
The Shabiha militia fighters working hand in hand with Syria's military to repress the 15-month-long uprising are President Bashar al-Assad's "shock troops," observers say.
CNN's John Vause interviews an official with the Syrian Network for Human Rights on Syria's Shabiha.
CNN's Arwa Damon talks about the violence in Syria and shows a gruesome video of one massacre's aftermath.
Among the dead were 40 women and children. Again, as in Houla, the images are chilling.
As the Syrian death toll grows, world powers suggest new plans to stop the violence. CNN's Jill Dougherty reports
Many people fear the violence in Syria will turn into civil war, while others say it won't. CNN's Jim Clancy reports.
Russia and China voiced their strong opposition to international intervention or efforts to change the regime in Syria on Wednesday, as Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Beijing.
Syria is expelling diplomats from 11 countries, the government announced Tuesday in a tit-for-tat move that comes a week after those nations expelled Syrian officials in response to a massacre.
CNN's Ivan Watson has the latest updates and gruesome video of the violence in strife-torn Syria.
Bloody clashes erupted Saturday between pro- and anti-Syrian regime fighters in the Lebanese city of Tripoli, the deadliest outburst of violence in recent weeks and further indication that Syria's turmoil is spilling across borders.
Accused by the top U.S. diplomat of "propping up the regime" of Syria's embattled president, Russian officials struck back Friday by denying arms sales to Damascus and claiming international efforts may have fostered instability and violence.
Ivan Watson has the details of a news conference by the Syrian foreign ministry about the massacre at Houla.
The Obama administration is unleashing a diplomatic barrage at Russia to change their view on Syria.
Is Syria Barack Obama's Rwanda? The Stanford University scholar, Fouad Ajami, usually an astute and wise observer on matters Middle Eastern, raised this question (and false analogy) with CNN's Anderson Cooper several weeks ago.
A U.S. official ridiculed as "another blatant lie" a Syrian government report Thursday claiming that terrorists -- not security forces -- massacred civilians in Houla.
For four decades, consecutive generations of the Assad family -- Bashar al-Assad succeeded his father as Syrian president in 2000 -- have interfered in Lebanon to the west, and Iraq to the east. Syrian agents assassinated rivals and pumped in fighters.
Diplomacy remains the favored option as the U.S. grapples with how best to deal with Syria, but the U.S. military has drawn up plans to use if diplomacy fails.
Syria will soon complete its official investigation into last week's massacre in Houla, the country's U.N. ambassador said Wednesday.