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Showdown in Syria: Photos from September

Published 1:26 PM ET, Tue October 9, 2012
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A Syrian rebel fires toward regime forces as his comrade ducks for cover during clashes in Aleppo in northern Syria on Sunday, September 30. Click through the gallery to view images of the fighting in September. See photographs of the fighting in August. AFP/Getty Images
Smoke billows from a burning textile factory after Syrian regime forces shelled a nearby position held by rebels in Aleppo on Sunday. AFP/Getty Images
Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad patrol the Tal-al-Zrazir neighborhood in Aleppo on Saturday, September 29. Reuters/Landov
Assad forces patrol the Tal-al-Zrazir neighborhood in Aleppo on Saturday. Reuters/Landov
Syrian rebels take their position during fighting with government troops in Aleppo on Friday, September 28. Syrian forces clashed with opposition fighters in the nation's largest city after the launch of a "decisive battle" to push regime soldiers out, opposition activists said. AFP/Getty Images
Rebels hold their posts near Syrian government troops during fighting in Aleppo on Thursday, September 27. AFP/Getty Images
A Syrian rebel fighter arrives to help comrades in Aleppo on Thursday. AFP/Getty Images
A rebel fighter looks out a doorway during fighting in Aleppo on Thursday. AFP/Getty Images
Syrian rebels take position with an anti-aircraft heavy machine gun in the northern city of Aleppo on Wednesday, September 26. AFP/Getty Images
A rebel fighter gets carried down a ladder from a third-story apartment after a Syrian government tank shell wounded him during an intense battle Wednesday in Aleppo. AFP/Getty Images
Syrian soldiers stand at the site of bombings Wednesday near the headquarters of the armed forces general staff in Damascus. The government said a fight was under way to "cleanse" rebels from the targeted building -- the office of the joint chiefs of staff -- but military officials are fine. AFP/Getty Images
Smoke rises from the site of the explosion Wednesday in Damascus. The Free Syrian Army, a group battling government forces, claimed responsibility for Wednesday's attack. AFP/Getty Images
Syrian troops walk down a street Tuesday, September 25, in Aleppo following fighting between government forces and rebels. AFP/Getty Images
A school building that was occupied by security forces and pro-government militias was reportedly destroyed by rebel-planted bombs in Damascus on Tuesday. REUTERS /SANA /LANDOV
Firefighters stand among debris from the destroyed school building in Damascus on Tuesday. REUTERS /SANA /LANDOV
A member of the Syrian government forces walks down a street strewn with debris in Aleppo on Monday, September 24. AFP/Getty Images
Rubble surrounds buildings destroyed by fighting between Syrian government troops and rebel forces in Aleppo on Monday. AFP/Getty Images
Soldiers loyal to President Bashar al-Assad travel in a Syrian Army tank in Aleppo on Sunday, September 23, after clashes between Free Syrian Army fighters and regime forces. Reuters/Landov
Syrian Army soldiers run in a damaged area in Aleppo on Sunday. Reuters/Landov
Damaged vehicles and rubble litter a street in Aleppo on Sunday. Reuters/Landov
A wounded boy cries during treatment at a hospital after being shot by a sniper in Aleppo, Syria, on Friday, September 21. AFP/Getty Images
A Syrian rebel is comforted by a friend as he mourns the death of a comrade at a hospital in Aleppo on Friday. AFP/Getty Images
A Syrian woman prepares to grab a bag of belongings as she stands amid rubble at a house where a child was killed Friday. AFP/Getty Images
Syrian women walk past closed shops in Aleppo on Friday. AFP/Getty Images
Men carry the covered body of a child killed in an attack by Syrian government forces in Aleppo on Friday. AFP/Getty Images
Friday's attack by Syrian forces leaves a hole in a house in Aleppo where a child was killed. AFP/Getty Images
Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad appear in Aleppo's Suleiman al-Halabi neighborhood Thursday, September 20. Reuters/Landov
Syrian troops look at a map of the Suleiman al-Halabi neighborhood in Aleppo on Thursday. Reuters/Landov
Damaged buildings and cars are seen in the al-Midan neighborhood of Aleppo after Free Syrian Army fighters and forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad clashed on Thursday. Reuters/Landov
Fighters and civilians walk past buildings damaged during fighting between rebel and government forces in Aleppo on Thursday. AFP/Getty Images
Syrian rebel fighters in position at a deserted market in Aleppo on Thursday. AFP/Getty Images
Syrian rebel fighters man a checkpoint in Aleppo on Thursday. AFP/Getty Images
Syrian Army soldiers run in a damaged area at al-Arqoub neighbourhood on Sunday. Reuters/Landov
Volunteers for the Amr Ibn Al-Aass brigade load their rifles during training on the outskirts of Azaz, in northern Syria, on September 19. AFP/Getty Images
Brigade volunteers run as part of their training on the outskirts of Azaz, in northern Syria, on Wednesday. AFP/Getty Images
Volunteers stand in lines during their training sesssion on Wednesday. AFP/Getty Images
Volunteers train with rifles on the outskirts of Azaz on Wednesday. AFP/Getty Images
Civilians and members of the Free Syrian Army inspect a damaged building in al-Kalaseh neighborhood in Aleppo after an airstrike Wednesday. Reuters/Landov
People pull out bodies from under the rubble of a destroyed building in Aleppo on Wednesday. Reuters/Landov
Construction equipment is used at the Aleppo site on Wednesday. Reuters/Landov
Syrian rebels help a wounded comrade to an Aleppo hospital after he was injured in a Syrian army strike on Tuesday, September 18. AFP/Getty Images
The survivor of a strike by Syrian regime forces arrives at a hospital in the Sheikh Fares district of Aleppo on Tuesday. AFP/Getty Images
A Syrian rebel gestures as he waits to be treated for his wounds at an Aleppo hospital on Tuesday. AFP/Getty Images
A Syrian rebel holds AK-47 rifles belonging to wounded comrades at the entrance to an Aleppo hospital on Tuesday. AFP/Getty Images
Members of a Syrian family cry outside an Aleppo hospital after surviving a strike by Syrian regime forces on Tuesday. AFP/Getty Images
Free Syrian Army rebels use a mirror to scope out a nearby Syrian army outpost in Aleppo's Old City on Sunday, September 16. AFP/Getty Images
A Free Syrian Army fighter yells "Allahu Akbar!" (Arabic for "God is great!") as he mans a position with his comrades Sunday in Aleppo, Syria's largest city. AFP/Getty Images
A Free Syrian Army fighter patrols a street near Aleppo's Old City on Sunday. AFP/Getty Images
A Free Syrian Army rebel checks a Dragunov sniper rifle Sunday near Aleppo. AFP/Getty Images
A Free Syrian Army fighter moves inside an artillery-shelled mosque Sunday in Aleppo. AFP/Getty Images
A Syrian man inspects damage from an air raid by regime forces in Al-Bab, 20 miles northeast of Syria's commercial capital, Aleppo, on Saturday, September 15. AFP/Getty Images
Syrian men sift through the rubble of houses in al-Bab on Saturday. AFP/Getty Images
A wounded Syrian man is taken to a hospital after surviving an air raid by regime forces in Al-Bab on Saturday. AFP/Getty Images
Syrian rebels prepare to fire during clashes with regime forces as they stand near a picture of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used as a mock sniper target in Aleppo on Friday, September 14. AFP/Getty Images
Syrian rebels take position during clashes with regime forces in the northern city of Aleppo on Friday, September 14. Syrian regime forces used fighter jets and helicopter gunships to pound the city and province of Aleppo, where fierce clashes raged around a military airport, monitors said. AFP/Getty Images
A Syrian rebel fires at a position held by regime forces during clashes on Friday in Aleppo. AFP/Getty Images
A Syrian man carrying grocery bags tries to dodge sniper fire as he runs through an alley near a checkpoint manned by the Free Syria Army in Aleppo on Friday. AFP/Getty Images
Fighters with the Free Syria Army regroup at their base in Azaz, a city north of Aleppo, on Thursday, September 13. AFP/Getty Images
Syrian volunteers distribute food to residents Thursday in Aleppo. AFP/Getty Images
A Syrian rebel fighter takes a position in the Saif al-Dawla neighborhood of Aleppo on Wednesday, September 12. AFP/Getty Images
A Syrian rebel fighter patrols the Saif al-Dawla neighborhood on Wednesday. AFP/Getty Images
People inspect the damage in Aleppo's Hananu district after it was shelled heavily in an airstrike on Wednesday, September 12. Reuters/Landov
Syrian rebel commander Abu Mohammed, far right, listens to reports from fellow fighters at his base in the Old City neighborhood of Aleppo on Wednesday. AFP/Getty Images
Syrian rebels gather around a bucket of mortars while fighting with scarce ammunition in the Saif al-Dawla neighborhood of Aleppo on Wednesday. AFP/Getty Images
Members of Lebanese security forces stand guard after escorting the newly released Aydin Tufan Tekin, a Turkish national abducted by a Lebanese Shiite clan in Beirut, to the Lebanese General Security in Beirut, on Tuesday, September 11. The hostage was a Turkish businessman abducted in mid-August, along with around 20 Syrians, to put pressure on rebels in Syria who had seized one of their kinsmen in Damascus. Reuters/Landov
A Syrian rebel sniper shoots at forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Seif al-Dawla area in the embattled northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Monday, September 10. AFP/Getty Images
An armed fighter of the Free Syrian Army stands atop a destroyed Syrian army tank to have his picture taken by a passer-by in the northern Syrian town of Azaz, some 47 kilometers north of Aleppo, on Monday. AFP/Getty Images
People walk past a row of destroyed buildings near the Al-Hayat Hospital in Aleppo on Monday. AFP/Getty Images
A member of the Free Syrian Army enjoys an ice cream on the road from Azaz to Aleppo on Monday. AFP/Getty Images
A house in the Seif al-Dawla area of Aleppo is severely damaged after clashes between rebels and government forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad on Monday. AFP/Getty Images
The bodies of Syrian civilians killed during shelling by forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad are loaded on the back of a pickup truck to be transferred for burial in Aleppo on Sunday, September 9. AFP/Getty Images
A Free Syria Army fighter fires his weapon during heavy clashes with government forces in the Izza neighbourhood of Aleppo on Sunday. AFP/Getty Images
Syrian government forces take position in a residential neighbourhood in Aleppo on Saturday, September 8. AFP/Getty Images
An abandoned pet tortoise walks on the debris of a damaged house in the neighborhood of old Homs on Sunday. Reuters/Landov
Free Syrian Army fighters battle during street fighting against Syrian government forces on Saturday, September 8, in Aleppo, Syria. UPI/Landov
A wounded rebel fighter is helped by fellow fighters during clashes with forces loyal to president Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo on Saturday. UPI/Landov
Residents walk down a street covered in rubble in the neighborhood of Bustan al-Basha on Saturday. Reuters/Landov
A car bomb exploded in Damascus, the Syrian capital , on Friday, September 7. State television said it was the second blast in a day against government targets. No casualties had yet been reported. Reuters/SANA/Landov
Syrian workers remove damaged vehicles from the site where a booby-trapped car exploded in the suburb of Mazzah, Damascus, on Friday. According to media reports, one person was injured in the explosion, which caused material damage to the area. EPA/Landov
Civilians stand near a bomb crater after a Syrian air force fighter jet dropped a bomb on Wednesday, September 5, in Azaz, a town north of Aleppo. Reuters/Landov
Free Syrian Army fighters sleep in a room in Aleppo on Wednesday. Reuters/Landov
Smoke rises after a Syrian air force fighter jet launched missiles Wednesday at El Edaa district in Aleppo, Syria's largest city. Reuters/Landov
Rebels carry the body of a fellow fighter after a sniper shot him in Aleppo on Tuesday, September 4. Reuters/Landov
Im Al-Zinar church shows damage Tuesday in the western city of Homs. Reuters/Landov
Free Syrian Army fighters take up positions in a shelled out building in the Seif El Dawla neighborhood of Aleppo on Sunday, September 2, as clashes with Syrian government forces continue. Reuters/Landov
A Free Syrian Army fighter peeks around the corner of a building during a shootout with snipers on a street in the El Amreeyeh neighborhood of Aleppo. Reuters/Landov
Syrian detainees who were arrested for participation in protests against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime sign their release papers at the Damascus police leadership building Saturday, September 1. Reuters/Landov
Syrian prisoners wait in line to sign their release papers at the Damascus central police station on Saturday, as the authorities released 158 people from the facility. Getty Images
Syrian prisoners congratulate each other as they walk out of the Damascus central police station. AFP/Getty Images
A Syrian air force fighter jet launches missiles at El Edaa district in Syria's northwestern city of Aleppo. Nearly 18 months of violence have left thousands dead in Syria. Reuters/Landov
Smoke rises from the El Edaa district after a Syrian fighter jet dropped missiles. Reuters/Landov
Civilians carry their belongings and flee the El Edaa district after an airstrike. Reuters/Landov
Escaping civilians drive through the El Amreeyeh neighborhood in Aleppo. Reuters/Landov
Free Syrian Army fighters transport explosives on a motorbike in Aleppo on Friday, August 31. Reuters/Landov
A boy sits at a window spotted with bullet holes at a local bakery. Reuters/Landov