Each week, HuffPost World will provide the top stories out of Syria and a recap of events in the country's civil war, as opposition forces clash with President Bashar Assad's troops.July 28 - August 3 In Review
- Kofi Annan resigned as U.N.-Arab League envoy to Syria, citing "finger pointing and name calling" at the United Nations as part of the reason for his decision.
- Clashes in the city of Aleppo continued for a second week. Rebels increasingly used heavy weaponry captured from regime forces, while the Syrian army used fighter planes and helicopter gunships to attack rebel positions.
- Syrian President Bashar Assad praised the army and told soldiers their work would determine Syria's fate. Assad made the remarks in a written statement in a military magazine, suggesting concerns over the president's security.
- Reuters reported that President Obama signed a secret order earlier this year that allows the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support for Syrian opposition fighters.
- Syria's top diplomat in London, Khaled al-Ayoubi, defected.
- Al Jazeera correspondent Omar Khashram was wounded while covering clashes in Aleppo.
Media Not To Miss
Al Jazeera -- Mapping Defections
Al Jazeera mapped out defections from Syria's regime and listed them in this cool chart.
CNN's Ivan Watson and Raja Razek report from northern Syria, where rebels are holding dozens of alleged regime supporters captive in the old classrooms of an elementary school. "They are shabiha," one of the armed men told CNN, referring to pro-Assad militiamen.
Tony Karon reflects on the resignation of U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan:
Annan, who admitted defeat on Thursday when he resigned as the joint envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League, was always on something of a fool’s errand in Syria, sent to forge a peace in which none of the combatant parties saw any value beyond enhancing their diplomatic position, but to which the international players looked to mask the limits of the leverage they were willing or able to bring to bear on the situation.