BEIRUT (AP) -- Syria's government is finding itself under increasing pressure from inside and outside the country.
The country's interior minister cut short his treatment at a hospital in Lebanon today and flew home -- because he was afraid he was going to be arrested by Lebanese authorities. He was undergoing treatment for injuries suffered in a bombing attack on his headquarters.
A top Lebanese security official says the interior minister was rushed out of Lebanon after authorities received information that international arrest warrants could be issued against him because of his role in the deadly crackdown against protesters in Syria.
Meanwhile, Syria's chief of military police has quit and is joining the opposition. He becomes one of the most senior members of Bashar Assad's regime to join the opposition during the 21-month-old revolt against him.
Assad is also seeing military setbacks, with government bases falling to rebels near Damascus and elsewhere across the country. Activists today say rebels have launched an attack on a military base in northern Syria, near a strategic town. The base has been under siege for weeks.