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Syrian civil war in photos

Updated 10:54 PM ET, Sat February 23, 2013
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A man cries in the Ard al-Hamra neighborhood in Aleppo, Syria, on Saturday, February 23 at a site hit the day before by what activists said was a Scud missile. Tensions in Syria flared in March 2011, escalating into a civil war that rages on today. This gallery contains the most compelling images taken since the start of the fighting. MUZAFFAR SALMAN/reuters/LANDOv
A rebel fighter throws a home-made grenade at Syrian government forces in Aleppo on February 16. BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images
A member of the Free Syrian Army stands with his weapon as he looks at a rainbow in Aleppo on February 16. MUZAFFAR SALMAN/reuters/LANDOV
A Syrian woman looks through a bus window in Aleppo on February 14. BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images
Free Syrian Army fighters walk through a dust-filled stairwell in Damascus on February 7. GORAN TOMASEVIC/Reuters/LANDOV
A Syrian rebel gestures at comrades from inside a broken armored personnel carrier in Al-Yaqubia on February 6. ACHILLEAS ZAVALLIS/AFP/Getty Images
A rebel fighter throws a hand grenade into a Syrian Army base in Damascus on February 3. GORAN TOMASEVIC/reuters/LANDOV
People stand in the dust of a building destroyed in an airstrike in Aleppo on February 3. THOMAS RASSLOFF/DPA /LANDOV
Free Syrian Army fighters run as they enter a Syrian Army base during heavy fighting in the Arabeen neighborhood of Damascus on February 3. GORAN TOMASEVIC/reuters/LANDOV
An unexploded mortar shell fired by the Syrian Army sits lodged in the ground in Damascus on January 25. GORAN TOMASEVIC/reuters/LANDOv
Fighters from Fateh al Sham unit of the Free Syrian Army fire on Syrian Army soldiers at a check point in Damascus on January 20. GORAN TOMASEVIC/REUTERS/LANDOV
A Free Syrian Army fighter walks between buildings damaged during airstrikes in Damascus on January 19. GORAN TOMASEVIC/reuters/LANDOV
A Syrian rebel fighter tries to locate a government jet fighter in Aleppo on January 18. ELIAS EDOUARD/AFP/Getty Images
Syrian rebels launch a missile near the Abu Baker brigade in Albab on January 16. EDOUARD ELIAS/AFP/Getty Images
A Syrian boy walks near rubbish next to tents at a refugee camp near the northern city of Azaz on the Syria-Turkey border, on January 8. Olivier VOISIN/AFP/Getty Images
Syrians look for survivors amid the rubble of a building targeted by a missile in Aleppo on January 7. ACHILLEAS ZAVALLIS/AFP/Getty Images
A father reacts after hearing of a shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo on January 3. MUZAFFAR SALMAN/Reuters/Landov
A patient smokes a cigarette at Dar Al-Ajaza psychiatric hospital in Aleppo on December 18, 2012. The psychiatric ward, housing around 60 patients, has lacked the means to function properly since fighting broke out there in July. JM LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images
Syrians mourn a fallen rebel fighter at a rebel base in the al-Fardos area of Aleppo on Saturday, December 8. ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images
Members of Liwa (Brigade) Salahadin, a Kurdish military unit fighting alongside rebel fighters, monitor the area in the besieged district of Karmel al-Jabl in Aleppo on December 6. Javier Manzano/AFP/Getty Images
A member of Liwa Salahadin aims at a regime fighter in the besieged district of Karmel al-Jabl in Aleppo on December 6. Javier Manzano/AFP/Getty Images
Two young boys sit underneath a washline in a refugee camp on the border between Syria and Turkey near Azaz on December 5. ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images
The bodies of three children, who were allegedly killed in a mortar shell attack that landed close to a bakery in Aleppo, on December 2, are laid out for identification by family members at a makeshift hospital at an undisclosed location of the city. Javier Manzano/AFP/Getty Images
Smoke rises in the Hanano and Bustan al-Basha districts in Aleppo on December 1 as fighting continues through the night. Javier Manzano/AFP/Getty Images
Damaged houses in Aleppo are seen after an airstrike on November 29. Javier Manzano/AFP/Getty Images
A Syrian rebel mourns the death of a comrade in Maraat al-Numan on November 20. John Cantlie/AFP/Getty Images
Syrians protesters stand on Assad's portrait during an anti-regime demonstration in Aleppo on November 16. FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images
A Syrian rebel takes cover during fighting against Syrian government forces in Aleppo on November 15. FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images
Syrian opposition fighter Bazel Araj, 19, sleeps next to his pistol in Aleppo on November 11. John Cantlie/AFP/Getty Images
A rebel fighter fires at a Syrian government position in Aleppo on November 6. John Cantlie/AFP/Getty Images
A Syrian rebel leaps over debris left in the street while running across a "sniper alley" near the Salahudeen district in Aleppo on November 4. Ed Giles/Getty Images
Rebels hold their position in the midst of a battle on November 3 in Aleppo. Benoit De Freine/Photonews via Getty Images
A man cries while being treated in a local hospital in a rebel-controlled area of Aleppo on October 31. Javier Manzano/AFP/Getty Images
A man is treated for wounds after a government jet attacked the Karm al-Aser neighborhood in eastern Aleppo on October 31. Javier Manzano/AFP/Getty Images
A Syrian rebel interrogates a handcuffed and blindfolded man suspected of being a pro-regime militiaman in Aleppo on October 26. AFP/Getty Images
Smoke rises from a fuel station following a mortar attack as Syrian women walk on a rainy day in the Arqub neighborhood of Aleppo on October 25. AFP/Getty Images
A Syrian rebel fires at an army position in the Karm al-Jabal district of Aleppo on October 22. FABIO BUCCIARELLI/AFP/Getty Images
A wounded Syrian boy sits on the back of a truck carrying victims and wounded people to a hospital following an attack by regime forces in Aleppo on October 21. FABIO BUCCIARELLI/AFP/Getty Images
A man lies on the ground after being shot by a sniper for a second time as he waits to be rescued by members of the Al-Baraa Bin Malek Battalion, part of the Free Syria Army's Al-Fatah brigade, in Aleppo on October 20. Javier Manzano/AFP/Getty Images
Syrian army soldiers run for cover during clashes with rebel fighters at Karam al-Jabal neighborhood of Aleppo on October 20. AFP/Getty Images
Smoke rises after a Syrian Air Force fighter jet fired missiles at the suburbs of the northern province of Idlib on October 16.
A Syrian opposition fighter stands near a post in Aleppo on October 11. AFP/Getty Images
A Syrian man mourns the death of his father, who was killed during a government attack in Aleppo on October 10. AFP/Getty Images
A rebel fighter is carried by his friends and laid on a gurney to be treated for gunshot wounds sustained during heavy battles with government forces in Aleppo on October 1. AFP/Getty Images
Syrian rebels help a wounded comrade to an Aleppo hospital after he was injured in a Syrian army strike on September 18. AFP/Getty Images
Free Syria Army fighters are reflected in a mirror they use to see a Syrian Army post only 50 meters away in Aleppo on September 16. MARCO LONGARI/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 September 14. AFP/Getty Images
A woman walks past a destroyed building in Aleppo on September 13. MARCO LONGARI/AFP/GettyImages
Free Syrian Army fighters battle during street fighting against Syrian army soldiers in Aleppo on September 8. UPI/Landov
A Syrian man wounded by shelling sits on a chair outside a closed shop in Aleppo on September 4. ACHILLEAS ZAVALLIS/AFP/GettyImages
A woman sits in her wheelchair next to her house, damaged by a Syrian air raid, near Homs on August 26. Reuters/Landov
Members of the Free Syrian Army clash with Syrian army soliders in Aleppo's Saif al-Dawla district on August 22. Reuters/Landov
People pray during the funeral of a Free Syrian Army fighter, Amar Ali Amero, on August 21. Reuters/Landov
A man cries near the graves of his two children killed during a recent Syrian airstrike in Azaz on August 20. Reuters/Landov
A Syrian woman holds her dead baby as she screams upon seeing her husband's body being covered following an airstrike by regime forces on the town of Azaz on August 15. AFP/Getty Images
A Syrian rebel runs in a street of Selehattin during an attack on the municipal building on July 23. AFP/Getty Images
Syrian rebels hunt for snipers after attacking the municipality building in the city center of Selehattin on July 23. AFP/Getty Images
Members of the Free Syrian Army's Mugaweer (commandos) Brigade pay their respects in a cemetery on May 12 in Qusayr. stringer/AFP/GettyImages
Syrian rebels take position near Qusayr on May 10. STRinger/AFP/Getty Images
A Free Syrian Army member takes cover in underground caves in Sarmin on April 9. John Cantlie/Getty Images
Rebels prepare to engage government tanks that advanced into Saraquib on April 9. John Cantlie/Getty Images
Men say prayers during a ceremony in Binnish on April 9. John Cantlie/Getty Images
A young boy plays with a toy gun in Binnish on April 9. John Cantlie/Getty Images
A Free Syrian Army rebel mounts his horse in the Al-Shatouria village near the Turkish border in northwestern Syria on March 16, a year after the uprising began. AFP/Getty Images
Syrian refugees walk across a field before crossing into Turkey on March 14. AFP/Getty Images
A rebel takes position in Al-Qsair on January 27. Alessio Romenzi/AFP/Getty Images
A protester in Homs throws a tear gas bomb back towards security forces, on December 27, 2011. Stringer/AFP/Getty Images
A man stands under a giant Syrian flag outside the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus on December 24, 2011. Xinhua/Li Muzi/landov
A member of the Free Syrian Army looks out over a valley in the village of Ain al-Baida on December 15, 2011. SEZAYI ERKEN/AFP/Getty Images
Members of the Free Syrian Army stand in an valley near the village of Ain al-Baida, close to the Turkish border, on December 15, 2011. SEZAYI ERKEN/AFP/Getty Images
Displaced Syrian refugees walk through an orchard adjacent to Syria's northern border with Turkey on June 14, 2011, near Khirbet al-Jouz. Scott Peterson/Getty Images
A Syrian man holds up a portrait of President Bashar al-Assad during a rally to show support for the president in Damascus on April 30, 2011. LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images
Syrians rally to show their support for al-Assad in Damascus on April 30, 2011. LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images
A screen grab from YouTube shows thick smoke rising above as Syrian anti-government protesters demonstrate in Moaret Al-Noman on April 29, 2011. YouTube/AFP/Getty Images
A screen grab from YouTube shows Syrian anti-government protesters run for cover from tear gas fired by security forces in Damascus on April 29, 2011, during the "Day of Rage" demonstrations called by activists to put pressure on al-Assad. YouTube/AFP/Getty Images
Syrians wave their national flag and hold portraits of al-Assad during a rally to show their support for their leader in Damascus on March 29, 2011. ANWAR AMRO/AFP/Getty Images
A woman sits by the hospital bed of a man allegedly injured when an armed group seized rooftops in Latakia on March 27, 2011, and opened fire at passers-by, citizens and security forces personnel according to official sources. ANWAR AMRO/AFP/Getty Images
Syrian protesters chant slogans in support of al-Assad during a rally in Damascus on March 25. LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images