May 19, 2013 — Qusair is a strategically important town that lies between Homs, where the Syrian uprising began two years ago, and the Lebanese border. If President Bashar Assad's troops - reportedly backed by Hezbollah fighters — regain the town, they would control an important route from the coast to the capital, Damascus.
May 17, 2013 — Efforts to stop the war between the Assad regime and those trying to topple it could be set back again by Russia's actions, U.S. lawmakers say.
May 14, 2013 — Syria's civil war has left tens of thousands dead and wounded, while medical care is in short supply in many areas. A Syrian-American doctor has organized efforts to provide an underground health care system.
May 13, 2013 — A plan for U.S.-Russian peace conference marks a major step, the prime minister tells NPR. He believes that while Russian President Vladimir Putin still differs with the West over what to do about Syrian President Bashar Assad, there is agreement about the need for a peaceful transition.
May 9, 2013 — Ambassador Robert Ford, the State Department's point man on Syrian policy, met with the head of the Aleppo military council on Wednesday. Syrian rebels thanked him for the delivery of some 65,000 MREs. Both the visit and the shipment appear to be a sign of support for Gen. Salim Idriss, the rebels' commander.
May 8, 2013 — The state news agency said the near-20 hour outage was caused by problems with a fiber optics cable.
May 6, 2013 — United Nations prosecutor Carla del Ponte has told Swiss news outlets that there's evidence pointing at the opposition, not the Assad regime. The U.N. says no "conclusive findings" have been reached. The White House is skeptical about del Ponte's comments.
May 5, 2013 — Israeli warplanes attacked a military research center near Damascus early Sunday, according to intelligence reports and Syrian state media. Israel has offered no comment on the raid, which came days after a similar strike that reportedly targeted missiles intended for Hezbollah militants in Lebanon.
May 4, 2013 — The Bakdash ice cream parlor has been a landmark in the Syrian capital Damascus for more than a century. But after two years of war, the owners have set up a new shop in Amman, Jordan, home to many Syrian refugees.
May 4, 2013 — Israel has conducted an airstrike against a target in Syria, in an apparent attempt to keep a shipment of missiles from reaching Hezbollah, according to multiple news agencies citing Israeli and U.S. officials. Israel has not officially confirmed the attack, which reportedly came early Friday.