Syria is at the nexus of some of the Middle East's most central problems, meaning that fallout from its uprising is likely to ripple, in unpredictable ways, through the region. Here's a brief guide to the actors in the conflict.
The wars in Iraq and Syria will rage on. But the declaration by ISIS, the biggest jihadi army fighting in Syria and Iraq, that it's now a 'caliphate' should accelerate the group's inevitable failure.
And what's an affiliate anyway?
The slaughter at Nairobi's Westgate Mall is more than just a tragedy of the moment. If Al Shabab gets its way, it could cost far more lives going forward.
There are some strange elements to this report.
Fugitive Assata Shakur is the first woman named to FBI's Most Wanted Terrorists list. A member of a black militant group, she was convicted of the 1973 murder of a New Jersey trooper. But some say the 'terrorist' label doesn't stick.
Homs lies along a key highway that connects Damascus with the coastal city of Latakia, a regime stronghold.