In Syria, uncertainty about the future of the country looms after bomb blasts in Damascus reportedly killed at least three members of Syrian President Bashar al Assad's inner circle yesterday.
From Cairo to Washington, officials expressed confidence that this latest violence will have repercussions — although it is still difficult to say exactly what those will be. White House officials have reportedly began working on contingency plans in the event of the regime's collapse.
Meanwhile, the UN is scheduled to vote today on a resolution that would threaten sanctions to try to push the Assad regime to implement Kofi Annan's peace plan. Sarab Al-Jijakli, co-founder of National Alliance for Syria, and Babak Dehghanpisheh, Middle East correspondent for the Washington Post, look at where this new violence leaves the regime and the opposition.