The United States is temporarily closing its embassy in the Central African Republic as a rebel force known as Seleka inches closer to the capital city of Bangui. Earlier in the day, C.A.R. dictator Francois Bozize asked the U.S. and France for help defending the capital. As some tweeters point out, these developments seem to throw a new light on just how bad things could get in the C.A.R.

The Syria comparison is jarring. If it’s that bad, this could become a big deal.

ABC’s State Department correspondent Dana Hughes has been all over this story on Twitter, so she’s definitely a feed to watch as the situation progresses.

Former governement official Cameron Hudson had some interesting thoughts.

Moorehouse College Central Africa specialist Laura Seay also seems to be a good resource.

Blogger Christopher Carlson also has some good knowledge on the situation and who the players are.