""We are living in a state of war and we are focused on winning it."
Syria's President, Bashar al Assad, has now admitted the full scale of the conflict in a meeting with his new cabinet.
Within hours of his pronouncement, gunmen stormed a pro-government television station in Damascus, killing seven people and kidnapping several others. The attackers used explosives against the compound.
Charles Stratford has the latest on violence edging closer to the Syrian capital."