If President Bashar al-Assad falls and the disparate Syrian opposition groups lose their common enemy, their ranks will likely fracture – perhaps violently.
Among those with money to throw around in the scrum for influence are groups like Jabhat al-Nusra, which the State Department says has ties to Al Qaeda in Iraq.
If Syrian rebels succeed in breaching an infantry school in Aleppo, they will gain some strategically critical pieces of territory, a windfall of supplies, and possibly a slew of regime defectors.
With opposition Free Syrian Army fighters increasingly accused of looting and other criminal behavior, the rebels have launched Revolutionary Security to keep them in check.
The regime of Bashar al-Assad appears to be favoring long-range weapons out of fear that soldiers close to the front lines will defect.
Even without the anti-aircraft weapons, the Syrian rebels have managed to deal some blows to the regime's air force, using heavy machine guns and careful planning.
Protests gave birth to the anti-Assad uprising, but now some in Syria say they simply make for an easy target for regime planes. Others say they're important to keep new leaders accountable.
The Free Syrian Army has captured several critical areas from the government this week, curtailing delivery of supplies to those they are battling for control of Aleppo.
With the sound of mortars in the background, Syrians in Aleppo express concern for our American correspondent and his storm-battered homeland.
Much of the Soviets' development work got wiped out by a civil war in the 1990s. But the scope of the effort then was limited compared with the work today.
As the Afghan government struggles to develop, the post office has quietly managed to become one of the nation's most efficient institutions - and with extremely limited international assistance.
Though some Afghans are worried about the US lack of interest in Afghanistan, some say foreign policy on Afghanistan isn't really dependent on the person who will be the president of the US.
US Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford's main challenges are likely to be managing the wind down of the war in Afghanistan. Afghans expect to see few changes on the ground.
While the US has pledged to work toward a negotiated settlement with insurgents, some insiders say the US is pulling back from that.
The 2,000th US soldier to die may have been the victim of another insider attack. Overall, the conflict has grown less deadly for US troops since 2010.
Militant group Hizb-e-Islami claimed Tuesday's suicide bombing in Kabul that killed 12 civilians. The group had been more discriminating in targets, and more engaged in peace talks.
The new policy is likely to put even more distance between NATO and Afghan forces, stressing relations at a time when NATO has been working to hand over security to the Afghans.
Tuesday’s suicide bomb attack in Kabul killed at least 12 people. Responsibility was claimed by a moderate insurgent group that has rarely struck inside the Afghan capital.
Demonstrations against the anti-Islam YouTube clip turned violent in Kabul Monday. Afghan clerics haven't pushed for public protests. Instead demonstrators took their cues from news of riots elsewhere.
Green-on-blue attacks in Afghanistan have killed at least 51 international troops this year.
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