Damascus: More than 162,000 deaths, millions displaced and a country in ruins.
Here are the key dates marking how a brutally repressed revolt against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad`s rule has degenerated into a civil war during the past three years.
The Army hits back in August with heavy weapons, including warplanes.
Inter-confessional strife increases, pitting Shiite Muslims loyal to Assad`s Alawite regime against majority Sunni Muslims.
UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi indefinitely adjourns them on February 15.