• FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2012 file photo, merchants remove their wares from the souk in the Old City of Aleppo, Syria. A year after the opposition fighters stormed Aleppo, taking control of several districts in the city of three million and capturing much of its surrounding towns and villages, the industrial zones that constituted 60 percent of Syrian pre-war economy, are mostly deserted. Some have been looted and several have been burnt down. (AP Photo/Monica Prieto, File)

    A government official instead accused opposition forces of using them in a March attack on a village outside of the northern city of Aleppo.

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 26, 2013, 12:26 PM EDT
  • Pope Francis called the abduction "a dramatic confirmation of the tragic situation in which the Syrian population and its Christian community is living."

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 23, 2013, 11:39 AM EDT
  • Syrian rebels captured a string of security posts and the local police headquarters despite heavy government shelling and bombing runs by warplanes, activists said.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 24, 2012, 4:56 PM EDT