• In this citizen journalism image provided by Edlib News Network (ENN), anti-Syrian regime protesters hold a placard with a caricature during a demonstration at Kafr Nabil town in Idlib province, northern Syria, June 14, 2013.

    Arming the rebels is bound to heighten U.S. tensions with Russia, staunch ally of Syrian President Assad. It could further escalate a brutal civil war that has killed nearly 93,000 people and displaced millions.

    LAST UPDATE : Jun 14, 2013, 6:19 PM EDT
  • In this Saturday, June 8, 2013 file photo, members from the Lebanese Red Cross help a Syrian man who was wounded in Qusair, Syria, during battles between the rebels and the Syrian government forces, at a hospital in the Bekaa Valley, east of Beirut, Lebanon.

    City was a strategic stronghold and a symbol of the insurgency's gains; without it, battered spirits and deep frustration.

    LAST UPDATE : Jun 11, 2013, 7:38 PM EDT
  • This image made from video shows Syrian President Bashar Assad during an interview broadcast on Al-Manar Television on Thursday, May 30, 2013.

    The comments were in line with a forceful and confident message the regime has been sending in recent days, even as the international community attempts to launch a peace conference in Geneva.

    LAST UPDATE : May 30, 2013, 6:40 PM EDT
  • FILE - This Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009 file photo shows Syrian President Bashar Assad during a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, unseen, at the presidency in Tehran, Iran.

    Bashar Assad's comment on the arrival of the long-range S-300 air defense missiles in Syria will further ratchet up tensions in the region.

    LAST UPDATE : May 30, 2013, 10:29 AM EDT