Sounds of explosions and gunfire echoed in Damascus on Tuesday as the soaring death toll in Syria prompted one U.S. lawmaker to appeal for international airstrikes.
Meanwhile, almost two weeks after she was killed by a rocket attack in the city of Homs, the body of American journalist Marie Colvin is expected to arrive in the United States on Tuesday, the U.S. Embassy in Paris said.
With Homs - and many other Syrian cities - besieged by a relentless government crackdown, U.S. Sen. John McCain called for the United States to lead an international effort to protect the Syrian population via piloted airstrikes on regime forces.
"Providing military assistance to the Free Syrian Army and other opposition groups is necessary, but at this late hour, that alone will not be sufficient to stop the slaughter and save innocent lives," the Arizona Republican told the Senate on Monday. "The only realistic way to do so is with foreign air power."FULL STORY