July 18 - The shelling of Homs goes on as sources tell Reuters Britain will not arm rebels. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
The city of Homs under attack in Syria, in a government campaign that has lasted some three weeks. This video, which can not be independently verified, comes as sources familiar with the government thinking say Britain has abandoned plans to arm Syrian rebels. They tell Reuters President Bashar al-Assad might survive in office for years. The reported British position amounts to one of the gloomiest assessments of the rebels' prospects yet. More footage shows a historic home that is a portrait of destruction. There is no sign of help on the way. Russia and the United States had wanted to try to organize peace talks. The hope was to try to agree to a ceasefire and the makeup of a transitional government. But sources say the initiative has stalled and there is a risk such talks will never happen. Syria's top rebel commander is likely to visit the U.S. next week, -- he is expected to make a plea for speedy U.S. arms shipments. Those plans for shipments have been delayed by Congress. There is no way to measure the cost of destruction in the country -- in a war where more than 90,000 people have lost their lives.