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In this photo made on Thursday, May 1, 2014, Damascus Opera House director Lama Sallouh walks through the empty theater in Damascus, Syria. Two art students were killed and five others were wounded when a mortar landed outside the Opera building in April 2014.(AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)

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Condoleezza Rice, who served as secretary of state in the George W. Bush administration, has spoken out about the situation in Syria, saying the U.S. should have intervened militarily and armed the rebels sooner. (Associated Press)

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Syria has become a focal point for the State Department in the war on terrorism as al Qaeda-linked groups operating there — specifically the al-Nusrah Front — have expansionist aspirations. (Aleppo Media Center AMC via Associated Press)

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Sigrid Kaag of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons speaks during a press conference in Damascus, Syria on Sunday, April 27, 2014. Kaag told reporters in Damascus that 92.5 percent of Syria's chemical materials had been removed from the country and destroyed. She described it as “significant progress,” though she says the government needs to ensure the remaining materials are eradicated by the end of the month. (AP/Photo)