War rages across Syria as UN Special Envoy Staffan Mistura arrives for his first visit to Damascus, seeking a peaceful resolution to the Syrian conflict. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
The front line can be anywhere in Syria. Amateur video which cannot be independently verified by Reuters appears to show rebel forces striking a government helicopter. This, in a country after more than three years of war, where rubble-lined streets have become part of the nation's fabric. Meanwhile, Syrian TV reports that government forces launched air strikes and ground attacks on several targets held by the al-Qaeda affiliated, Nusra Front on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights. It's a war that has already claimed the lives of more than 190,000 people. And against this backdrop, UN Special Envoy Staffan Mistura arrives for his first visit to Damascus, seeking a peaceful resolution to the Syrian conflict. He is expected to request a permanent residence in Damascus, unlike his predecessors who stayed outside the country. He is also due to meet Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as well as figures from the domestic opposition. An effort for peace in a country where the death toll regularly rises above 200.