Syrian riot police stand guard during a rally Thursday supporting President Bashar Assad in Damascus. Thousands poured into the streets of the Syrian capital in a show of support for the Assad regime as soldiers tightened their siege in opposition areas on the one-year anniversary of the country's uprising. (Associated Press)

Syrian riot police stand guard during a rally Thursday supporting President Bashar Assad in Damascus. Thousands poured into the streets of the Syrian capital in a show of support for the Assad regime as soldiers tightened their siege in opposition areas on the one-year anniversary of the country's uprising. (Associated Press)