A man is seen in the al-Amirya neighborhood of the city of Aleppo on December 2, 2012. Syrian artillery and aircraft battered rebel positions in and around Damascus in an operation to secure the capital, as Russia and Turkey prepared for talks on their differences over the conflict.
In Syria, fighting between the rebels and pro-Assad forces has intensified all over the capital of Damascus. And there are more signs the Syrian regime of President Bahsar al-Assad has its back against the wall.
For more we turn to Patrick McDonnell, the Middle East correspondent for the Los Angeles Times.