There is no guarantee that a sweeping new international agreement on Syria will succeed in ending the conflict there, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton conceded, as opposition activists said the number of dead had skyrocketed in recent months.
"There is no guarantee that we are going to be successful. I just hate to say that," Clinton told CNN Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jill Dougherty.
But she expressed optimism that a new agreement hammered out Saturday would help ease President Bashar al-Assad out of power.
The first plan backed by Russia and China as well as the West, it calls for a transitional government as a step towards ending the 16-month uprising.
Opposition activists immediately criticized the deal as leaving open the possibility that al-Assad would remain in power.
The F-22 Raptor is one of the DoD's most controversial weapons programs. The modern, stealthy fighter has been criticized for years for costing too much and more recently for so far unsolved problem of pilots suffering from hypoxia-like symptoms on the plane. The problem causes pilots to become dizzy or worse and some blame the problem for one fatal crash.
But for all its problems, the photo above shows it is also a beautiful aircraft. Air Force Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock snapped this photo of an F-22 as it received fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker over the Atlantic Ocean, July 10, 2012.