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What happens next for Syria?

1 August 2013 Last updated at 16:28 BST

The conflict in Syria began as a series of major pro-reform demonstrations in key cities in early 2011.

These protests - and the Assad government's reaction to them - became increasingly violent. The administration suffered a wave of military defections as protests escalated into a full-scale rebellion.

Rajesh Mirchandani has been piecing together the information coming in from both sides of the conflict.