Syria state television has broadcast images of soldiers battling what they called "foreign terrorists".
Amateur videos have also revealed foreign fighters allegedly hoping to wage a religious war in Syria. The country's uprising has been played out constantly on the internet website YouTube, but while the brutal images of death remain the same, images of the armed opposition are changing.
Some groups say they are affiliated with al-Qaeda, fly its flags, and say they now have training camps inside the country. The opposition says these allegedly al-Qaeda-linked fighters have nothing to do with the Free Syrian Army (FSA). The FSA does, however, acknowledge the presence of such groups in Syria.
Religious fighters are reported to be coming in from countries such as Iraq and Libya, while money is still pouring into Syria from other countries and international donors to help topple President Bashar al-Assad. Some observers have accused al-Qaeda in Iraq of moving into Syria in an attempt to stir up a sectarian war.