UPDATE 7/18: Bomb blast at Syrian Defense HQ in Damascus takes out top security officials including the Minister of Defense.
Fighting all over the capital city!
LIVE STREAM OF PROTESTS AND BATTLES IN DAMASCUS HERE...
UPDATE 7/16: Syrian Generals Defect enmasse! Assad Warned against moving anymore WMD! General Assassinated in Allepo.
UPDATE 6/29: It appears the Western powers are ready to attack Syria tomorrow if the talks between Hillary Clinton and the Russian foreign minister fail.
Unconfirmed reports have said that British Special forces have entered Syria from Turkey with the goal of setting up a safe zone in Syria along the Turkish border for refugees. Meanwhile reports also indicate that President Bashar Assad's Palace compound is under attack. Also President Obama is now reconsidering his previous reluctance to attack Syria.
All this is happening as Syria's allies rush to its defense. Chinese and Iranian warships are on their way to Syria to engage in war games with the Syrians and Russians. But it looks like it's no longer going to be a "game".
Apparently the downing of the Turkish plane on Friday started in motion a whole chain reaction from Turkey, the US and NATO. Turkey has requested NATO's assistance as it believes it is being threatened by Syrian forces.
It seems to me that the Turks and others have been testing Syria's new military capabilities since they've been upgraded by the Russians over the past few months.
The defection of the Syrian pilot who took his MIG-21 to Jordan, and the subsequent grounding of all Syrian planes, may indicate that Syria air defenses may have been compromised. In other words the West may have some key codes used by the Syrians, and thus they are afraid to fly at all. This could be window the West has been waiting for. They don't want to go up against Syria's air force and anti-aircraft weapons, the latest from Russia.