This morning, Israeli authorities said that at least six Israelis were killed and more than two dozen others were injured in southern Israel today when attackers fired shots at a bus, assaulted Israeli soldiers, and fired mortars and an anti-tank missile.
This report comes at the same time as the leaders of France, Germany and the United Kingdom join President Obama in calling for Syrian President Bashar al-Asad to step down as violence in the country persists.
Today on American Morning, Ambassador Marc Ginsberg, former Middle East presidential adviser and former Ambassador to Morocco, weighs in on the attacks in Israel and discusses if the international pressure on Syria will change Asad's course of action in the country.
The U.N. Security Council plans to meet for a second day today to discuss the escalating violence in Syria and the al-Assad government's continued crackdown on peaceful protests.
After Ramadan prayers late last night, at least 24 people were killed, dozens were wounded, and more than 150 people were detained across the country according to Rami Abdul-Rahman, head of London-based human rights group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Today on American Morning, Fawaz Gerges, director of the Middle East Centre at the London School of Economics and author of "The Rise and Fall of al-Qaeda," joins Ali Velshi to discuss the crackdown and to weigh in on how the international community is responding to the situation in the country.
This morning, NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu responded to CNN's report that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi could be a 'legitimate' target. She emphasized that NATO does not target individuals, but rather military capabilities to stop the Gadhafi regime.
In recent days, fighting has significantly weakened Gadhafi's capabilities, leading many to wonder if the leader will be in charge of the country much longer.
At the same time, there are reports this morning of a new advance by Syrian troops on a border town where dozens of security forces were killed earlier this week. Residents are fleeing to safety over the Turkish border, and Turkey's prime minister is accusing the Syrian regime of an "atrocity" against anti-government protesters.
This morning, Christine Romans spoke with Fawaz Gerges, director of the Middle East Centre at the London School of Economics about how the international community should be reacting to the latest news.