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Smoke rises from buildings in Latakia, Syria, after heavy shelling on Monday, Jan. 14, 2012, in this image taken from video that has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video)
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Smoke rises from buildings in Latakia, Syria, after heavy shelling on Monday, Jan. 14, 2012, in this image taken from video that has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video)

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