Syrian rebels patrol in the north of northern Syria's Idlib region.
The new international peace envoy to Syria toured a refugee camp on the Turkish border today. Lakhdar Brahimi took over for the previous envoy, former UN chief Kofi Annan. He stepped down when he failed to secure a peace plan in the 18-month-long conflict.
Fierce fighting continues between the regime of President Bashar Assad and rebel fighters in the country. Human rights groups estimate more than 23,000 people have died in the conflict, many of which are civilians.
While the crisis shows no signs of abating, there is an experiment at self-governance going on in some rebel-held parts of the country. Reporter Borzou Daragahi wrote about Syria's self-rule for the Financial Times.
Borzou Daragahi, reporter for FT