Security Council to Vote on Syria

Syrian troops celebrate in Haydariyah on Monday. (Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty)

The United Nations Security Council will vote Wednesday to condemn Syrian President Bashar al-Assad—and to accept his opposition as a possible political transition if Assad’s regime topples. The resolution is expected to face some push back by Russia, which has remained a close ally of Assad’s. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday that “progress is being made” in the negotiations to have peace talks in June, and he warned Assad that more weight will be given to the opposition if Assad fails to participate. But the opposition could have suffered a blow in its standing in the world after a video went viral of a man who appeared to be a rebel fighter mutilating a corpse and then eating the victim’s heart.