• FILE - This Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009 file photo shows Syrian President Bashar Assad during a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, unseen, at the presidency in Tehran, Iran.

    Bashar Assad's comment on the arrival of the long-range S-300 air defense missiles in Syria will further ratchet up tensions in the region.

    LAST UPDATE : May 30, 2013, 10:29 AM EDT
  • Syrian army soldiers fire their weapons during a battle against opposition fighters in the city of Qusayr, in Syria's central Homs province, on May 23, 2013. Syrian government troops launched a week ago an assault on Qusayr and the intervention of hundreds of fighters of Shiite militant group Hezbollah from neighbouring Lebanon has given the regime the upper hand in the battle.

    European Union nations decided to lift an arms embargo on Syria as Russia disclosed it has a contract to sell the Syrian government sophisticated anti-aircraft missiles.

    LAST UPDATE : May 28, 2013, 6:18 PM EDT