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Showdown in Syria: Photos from August

Updated 1:37 PM ET, Tue October 9, 2012
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Children pass a bagged body outside a hospital in Aleppo on Thursday, August 30. Click through the gallery to view images of the fighting in August. See photographs of the fighting in July. AFP/Getty Images
Members of the Syrian opposition carry a wounded man outside a hospital in Aleppo on Thursday, August 30. AFP/Getty Images
A Free Syrian Army fighter walks through a hole in a damaged house on his way to the El Amreeyeh neighborhood frontline during clashes with government forces in Aleppo. Reuters/Landov
Free Syrian Army fighters take up position during clashes in the El Amreeyeh neighborhood of Aleppo. Reuters/Landov
Free Syrian Army fighters run for cover after Syrian forces fired a mortar in El Amreeyeh. Reuters/Landov
A Syrian opposition fighter aims a sniper rifle at government forces in Aleppo on Wednesday, August 29. AFP/Getty Images
Syrian opposition fighters swear an oath for the liberation of Syria in Aleppo on Wednesday. AFP/Getty Images
Free Syrian Army fighters carry a wounded member into a hospital in Aleppo on Tuesday, August 28. AFP/Getty Images
Free Syrian Army rebels dodge fire from Syrian forces as they run down a street in Aleppo on Tuesday. Reuters/Landov
A rebel fighter takes cover during clashes Tuesday with government forces in Aleppo. AFP/Getty Images
An opposition fighter fires at government forces from a street in Aleppo. AFP/Getty Images
Residents walk past buildings damaged in what activists said was an airstrike by the Syrian air force on Kafranbel, near Idlib. Reuters/Landov
Doctors treat a wounded girl at a hospital in Aleppo, Syria's largest city, on Tuesday. AFP/Getty Images
Residents look over the bodies of people killed in the violence Tuesday. Reuters/Landov
Civilians flee the violence from the Damascus suburb of Kafr Batna. Reuters/Landov
A man reacts as an ambulance arrives with the body of a Free Syrian Army fighter outside a hospital in Aleppo. AFP/Getty Images
A paramedic and another man cover the body of a Free Syrian Army fighter outside a hospital in Aleppo. AFP/Getty Images
Smoke rises in the Damascus suburb of Ain Terma during clashes between Syrian rebels and pro-government forces. Reuters/Landov
A boy rides a bicycle toward fuel trucks struck by missiles from fighter jets in the Bab al-Nayrab district of Aleppo, Syria, on Monday, August 27. Reuters/Landov
Fuel tankers smoke and smolder after being struck by missiles in Aleppo on Monday. Reuters/Landov
Syrian army fighters discuss a new tactic to push the front lines in the Seif El Dawla neighborhood of Aleppo on Monday. Reuters/Landov
A Free Syrian Army sniper takes his position in Seif El Dawla on Monday. Reuters/Landov
Men arrested for their involvement in anti-regime protests wait to be released in Damascus on Monday. The official Syrian news agency reported that authorities released 378 people detained for their participation in street protests, adding that those freed were never involved in acts of violence. AFP/Getty Images
Free Syrian Army fighters run for cover in the old city of Aleppo on Monday. Reuters/Landov
A woman sits in her wheelchair next to her house, damaged by an army air raid, near Homs on Sunday, August 26. Reuters/Landov
Rebel fighters run for cover during continued clashes with government forces in Aleppo on Saturday, August 25. AFP/Getty Images
Rebel fighters fire in the streets against pro-Syrian government forces. AFP/Getty Images
A street in Aleppo is covered in rubble from heavy fighting between rebels and Syrian government forces. Reuters/Landov
A picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency shows Syrian soldiers carrying the body of an alleged rebel fighter in Aleppo. EPA/LANDOV
A handout picture released by SANA shows army soldiers burning a revolution flag in Aleppo. EPA/LANDOV
A rebel fighter communicates to his commanders during ongoing fighting in Aleppo's Mashhad neighborhood. AFP/Getty Images
Residents line up along a street in Aleppo as they wait to receive free bread. AFP/Getty Images
Displaced Syrian familes sit in a shelter at the border with Turkey after fleeing their homes from violence. AFP/Getty Images
A Syrian boy whose family has been displaced due to fighting between rebel fighters and Syrian government forces stands in a field near the border with Turkey. AFP/Getty Images
A boy receives treatment for wounds he received during an airstrike by a regime forces helicopter in Syria's northern city of Aleppo on Friday, August 24. Government forces blitzed areas in and around Syria's largest city, activists said, as Western powers sought to tighten the the reins on embattled President Bashar al-Assad's regime.
A Free Syrian Army fighter takes aim at regime forces during clashes in Aleppo. AFP/Getty Images
A young boy runs across the street during clashes between Free Syrian Army fighters and forces loyal to al-Assad. AFP/Getty Images
A Syrian man reacts outside an operation room as doctors treat his grandchildren after an airstrike by regime forces. AFP/Getty Images
A Syrian boy receives treatment after he was wounded by shells from a government helicopter that hit his house. AFP/Getty Images
Family and friends look for the bodies of a woman and her two daughters killed by an airstrike on Sunday, August 19. See more photos from Ricardo Garcia Vilanova, who has spent a total of about five months covering different parts of Syria since 2011. Ricardo Garcia Vilanova
People gather around the bodies of an entire family killed by the airstrike the day before on Friday, August 17, in front of a hospital. Ricardo Garcia Vilanova
Two children are treated for shrapnel wounds at a hospital on Thursday, August 16. Ricardo Garcia Vilanova
Members of the Free Syrian Army clash with Syrian army soldiers in Aleppo's Saif al-Dawla district on August 22. Reuters/Landov
A Syrian rebel fighter holds a handmade bomb in the Saif al-Dawla district in the center of Aleppo on August 22. Reuters/Landov
Syrian rebels run for cover during heavy fighting in the Saif al-Dawla district in the center of Aleppo on August 22. Reuters/Landov
Members of the Free Syrian Army take up positions as smoke rises in the background during clashes with Syrian army soldiers on August 22. Reuters/Landov
A member of the Free Syrian Army aims his rifle as he uses doors as a shield on August 22. Reuters/Landov
Members of the Free Syrian Army take cover during clashes with Syrian Army soldiers on August 22. Reuters/Landov
A Syrian rebel fires towards a pro-government sniper in the Said al-Dawla district of Aleppo on August 22. Reuters/Landov
Smoke rises from Aleppo's Saif al-Dawla district after what activists say was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad on August 21. Reuters/Landov
Mourning relatives gather at the funeral of a Free Syrian Army fighter killed during heavy fighting in the Salaheddine neighborhood of central Aleppo on August 21. Reuters/Landov
Syrian rebel fighters stand around a cache of homemade missiles which they say they will use on forces loyal to president Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo on August 21. Reuters/Landov
The father of Amar Ali Amero, a Free Syrian Army fighter who was reportedly killed by a sniper in the Salaheddine neighborhood of central Aleppo, mourns during his funeral in Azaz, north of Aleppo, on August 21. Reuters/Landov
People pray during the funeral of the Free Syrian Army fighter, Amar Ali Amero on August 21. Reuters/Landov
A Member of the Free Syrian Army fires during clashes with Syrian army soldiers in Aleppo's Saif al-Dawla district, on August 20. Reuters/Landov
A skirmish in the street of Aleppo's Saif al-Dawla district between members of the Free Syrian Army and Syrian army soldiers on August 20. Reuters/Landov
A man cries near the graves of his two children killed during a recent Syrian Air Force air strike in Azaz on August 20. Reuters/Landov
Members of the Free Syrian Army prepare their weapons in Aleppo's Saif al-Dawla district on Monday, August 20. Reuters/Landov
Syrian bakers work in the northern city of Aleppo on Sunday, August 19, the first day of Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. AFP/Getty Images
In this image provided by Syria's national news agency, SANA, President Bashar al-Assad, center, is greeted by a cleric while attending Eid al-Fitr prayers at al-Hamad mosque in Damascus on Sunday, August 19. SANA/Reuters/Landov
Members of the Free Syrian Army and residents try to extinguish a fire that they say was caused by shelling by forces loyal to al-Assad in the Damascus suburb of Saqba on Friday, August 17. Reuters/Landov
A Free Syrian Army fighter takes aim during clashes in Aleppo on Friday, August 17. For days, the northern Syrian city has been at the center of some of the worst fighting in the 18-month-old conflict. Reuters/Landov
A rebel fighter makes his way through a hole in a wall during fighting Friday in Aleppo, Syria's largest city. Reuters/Landov
A rebel climbs some stairs in a building during clashes in central Aleppo's Salaheddine neighborhood. Reuters/Landov
A rebel fighter runs for cover as a Syrian army tank shell hits a nearby building Friday in Aleppo. The opposition accuses Syrian forces of shelling flashpoint neighborhoods in Aleppo where rebels are making a stand. Reuters/Landov
Free Syrian Army fighters dress a mannequin to look like a fighter to draw gunfire away from them Friday in Aleppo. Reuters/Landov
Free Syrian Army fighters rest Friday in Aleppo during a lull in fighting.
A fighter with the rebel Free Syrian Army secures a street Friday in the Damascus suburb of Saqba. Fighting raged unabated Friday across Syria, while diplomats struggled to find a political solution. Reuters/Landov
Members of the Free Syrian Army try to secure a street Friday in Saqba. Reuters/Landov
The Free Syrian Army takes charge of a street in Saqba. Reuters/Landov
A rebel holds a rocket-propelled grenade Friday in the Damascus suburb. Reuters/Landov
A Free Syrian Army fighter fires an anti-aircraft gun at a Syrian air force helicopter in Aleppo on Thursday, August 16. Reuters/Landov
Free Syrian Army fighters carry the body of a fellow fighter during clashes Thursday in Aleppo. Government forces are pounding Syria's largest city in a siege that's become the focal point of the civil war. Reuters/Landov
A grief-stricken woman clutches her dead baby while her husband's body is covered up following a regime airstrike on Azaz, a town near Aleppo, on Wednesday, August 15. AFP/Getty Images
Syrians search for people trapped under the rubble after the airstrike Wednesday in Azaz, near Aleppo. AFP/Getty Images
A man removes his belongings from his destroyed car at the airstrike site. AFP/Getty Images
A Free Syrian Army fighter fires an AK-47 rifle in Aleppo on Wednesday, August 15. Reuters/Landov
Syrians carry the body of a woman after an airstrike in Azaaz. AFP/Getty Images
A Syrian man reacts after an airstrike in Azaaz. AFP/Getty Images
Syrians flee Azaaz following the airstrike. AFP/Getty Images
A Syrian youth holds the arm of someone trapped under rubble after an airstrike in the town of Azaaz, on the outskirts of Aleppo. AFP/Getty Images
Black smoke billows into the air after a bomb exploded at a military site car park near a hotel used by United Nations monitors in Damascus. The explosion Wedesday wounded three people, Syrian state television said. Reuters/Landov
Firefighters work at the scene of a bomb explosion in central Damascus. The bomb was planted under a diesel tanker. Xinhua/Landov
A man carries the body of a boy after a Syrian Air Force strike on Azaz, some 29 miles north of Aleppo. Reuters/Landov
A man sits in front of tombstone workshop in Aleppo. Reuters/Landov
Jordanian security guards patrol the entrance of the Zaatari refugee camp, located outside the northern Mafraq, Jordan, which borders Syria. Refugees face the hardships of sweltering heat, dust, lack of electricity and at times sexual harassment in this UN-run desert tent camp. AFP/Getty Images
Jordanian security officers detain a Syrian man after he tried to escape from the Zaatari refugee camp in Mafraq. AFP/Getty Images
A Free Syrian Army fighter learns that his commander has been killed by a tank shell in Aleppo on Tuesday, August 14. Opposition activists say shelling in dissident strongholds has exacerbated the humanitarian crisis in the country. Reuters/Landov
Free Syrian Army fighters look at the body of their commander killed by a tank shell Tuesday in Aleppo. Reuters/Landov
A Free Syrian Army fighter fires his rifle in Aleppo on Tuesday. Reuters/Landov
Syrian rebels fire toward a sniper in Aleppo on Monday, August 13, as fighting continues against Syrian government forces. AFP/Getty Images
A rebel fighter fires at government forces Monday in Aleppo's Salaheddin neighborhood. AFP/Getty Images
A Syrian rebel climbs a staircase in Aleppo's Salaheddin district as the opposition battles the regime. AFP/Getty Images
A man gives bags of bread to customers at a bakery run by the opposition Free Syrian Army in Aleppo, Syria's largest city. AFP/Getty Images
Rebels covered in dust and debris emerge from a building hit by an army tank shell Monday in Aleppo's Salaheddin area. AFP/Getty Images
A rebel fighter gestures toward others after emerging from a shelled building during fighting Monday with government forces. AFP/Getty Images
A Free Syrian Army sniper looks through the sight on his rifle from a house in Aleppo on Monday. Reuters/Landov
Rebel fighters sit behind a barricade of rocks on an Aleppo street. Reuters/Landov
Free Syrian Army fighters walk down a debris-covered street Monday in central Aleppo's Salaheddine neighborhood. Reuters/Landov
A Free Syrian Army fighter fires an RPG as a Syrian army tank shell hits a building across a street during heavy fighting in central Aleppo on Saturday, August 11. Reuters/Landov
A Free Syrian Army fighter sits on a window sill as he holds an AK-47 rifle in central Aleppo. Reuters/Landov
A Free Syrian Army fighter aims his rifle during heavy fighting in the Salaheddine neighborhood. Reuters/Landov
A Free Syrian Army fighter fires an RPG after a Syrian army tank shell hit a building during heavy fighting in the Salaheddine neighborhood. Reuters/Landov
A Free Syrian Army fighter tries to fix his jammed rifle during heavy fighting in the Salaheddine neighborhood. Reuters/Landov
A Free Syrian Army fighter runs for cover during heavy fighting in the Salaheddine neighborhood. Reuters/Landov
Free Syrian Army fighters walk through a damaged building during heavy fighting in the Salaheddine neighborhood. Reuters/Landov
A Free Syrian Army fighter aims an RPG as he waits for Syrian army tanks in the Salaheddine neighborhood. Reuters/Landov
A Free Syrian Army fighter walks on an empty street in the Salaheddine neighborhood. Reuters/Landov
Free Syrian Army members check a confiscated cache of weapons found on a truck that was searched at a checkpoint in Dana. Reuters/Landov
A rebel fighter fires an anti-aircraft gun during a regime airstrike on Tel Rafat, a village north of Aleppo, on Thursday, August 9. The Syrian government and rebel groups have been battling for control of Aleppo, a key front in the conflict that has morphed into a civil war. Reuters/Landov
A Syrian air force fighter plane fires during an airstrike Thursday in Tel Rafat, north of Aleppo. Forces loyal to the regime have been shelling Aleppo, Syria's largest city. Reuters/Landov
A truck burns after apparently being hit by rockets during an airstrike on Tel Rafat. Reuters/Landov
Men carry the body of a boy killed in an airstrike in the village of Tel Rafat. Reuters/Landov
A boy's body is uncovered in the rubble of a house demolished during the recent clashes in Tel Rafat. Reuters/Landov
A man steps on a carpeted image of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Anadan, northwest of Aleppo, on Wednesday, August 8. The fighting has taken a toll on al-Assad's regime, which has been hit by assassinations and political and military defections. Reuters/Landov
Residents sift through rubble Wednesday searching for bodies under a collapsed house destroyed in an airstrike. Reuters/Landov
Syrian refugees bathe Wednesday at Al Zaatri U.N. camp in the Mafraq, Jordan, near the border with Syria. The recent shelling has led thousands of residents to flee Syria. Reuters/Landov
Syrian refugees cook a meal at Al Zaatari camp in Mafraq, Jordan. AFP/Getty Images
A Syrian rebel prepares his weapon as a group of Free Syrian Army fighters head toward the fighting with Syrian Army soldiers in the Salah ad-Din neighborhood of central Aleppo on Sunday, August 5. Reuters/Landov
Syrians evacuate a civilian wounded in shelling in the northern city of Aleppo on Saturday, August 4. Syria's armed forces pounded Aleppo's rebel-held Salah ad-Din district with air and ground fire as violence also raged in the Shaar and Sukkari districts, according to reporters in the area and a rebel commander. AFP/Getty Images
A vehicle burns as Syrians walk through debris from clashes between Syrian armed forces and rebels in the northern city of Aleppo on Saturday, August 4. AFP/Getty Images
A boy plays on the gun of a destroyed Syrian army tank partially covered in the rubble of the destroyed Azaz mosques, north of the restive city of Aleppo, on Thursday, August 2. AFP/Getty Images
Smoke rises from Al-Safsaf in Homs on Friday, August 3. Landov
A boy plays with an AK-47 rifle owned by his father in Azaz, some 29 miles north of Aleppo on Friday, August 3. Landov
Syrians climb on an abandoned Syrian army tank north of Aleppo on Thursday, August 2. AFP/Getty Images
A man looks at a destroyed Syrian army compound in Azaz, 29 miles north of Aleppo on Friday, August 3. Landov
A Syrian refugee walks at the Al Zaatri refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria, on Friday, August 3. Landov
People and a member of the Free Syrian Army commute on Wednesday, August 1, past a building on the outskirts of Idlib that was hit by rocket fire Tuesday night by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. Unrest spread across other volatile regions of the country as al-Assad's forces shelled targets and launched raids in and around Damascus, Homs, Daraa and Deir Ezzor. Reuters/Landov
A woman and child on Wednesday walk through rubble of a building destroyed by shelling from forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo. Reuters/Landov
Demonstrators hold an opposition flag during a protest Wednesday against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus. Reuters/Landov
Syrian girls on Wednesday walk past a Syrian army tank captured two days earlier by rebel fighters at a checkpoint in the village of Anadan. The strategic checkpoint secures the rebel fighters free movement between the northern city of Aleppo and Turkey. AFP/Getty Images
Rebel Free Syrian Army fighters capture a policeman who they allege is a "Shabiha" or pro-regime militiaman, on Tuesday, July 31, as the rebels overrun a police station in Aleppo. AFP/Getty Images