What War in Syria Looks Like

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The civil war in Syria is increasingly an urban conflict. On Sunday, August 26, hundreds of residents of the Damascene neighborhood of Daraya were laid to rest, victims of a massacre which has been blamed on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces. Many of the dead had been shot in the head or bore the marks of bayonet wounds. Fighting continues in the flashpoint city of Aleppo, as well, where rebels and the Syrian army have been fighting from neighborhood to neighborhood since the beginning of August. As Justin Vela reported in Foreign Policy, Syrian rebels have made huge gains in the area, but Assad is now pulling out all the stops -- including using fighter jets and helicopter gunships to attack rebel positions -- in the battle for the city, which lies near the border with Turkey. Photographer Adam Dean visited Aleppo from Aug. 6-11 and brought back a rare street-eye view of Syria's brutal civil war. 

Above, a rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighter fires on a Syrian army position down an alley in the old city area of Aleppo on Aug. 11.

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A Syrian man looks up as a Syrian Air Force fighter jet circles over a nearby FSA command centre in Aleppo on Aug. 8. The command center was bombed the following day, killing nearby civilians in a bakery.

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A man peers down a street as smoke and dust rises from a residential home destroyed by a bomb dropped from a Syrian fighter jet on Aug. 6. Eleven civilians from two families died, including at least four children.

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Bombed-out buildings at an intersection in Aleppo on Aug. 8.

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FSA fighters and family members carry the coffin of Omar Ismail Abdul Rahman, 30, to his burial in Tal Rifaat, in Aleppo province, on Aug. 9. Omar, a young farmer from northern Syria, took up arms against the government and was killed fighting on the front lines of the Saluheddin neighborhood in Aleppo.

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A young boy cries for Abdul Rahman at his funeral in Tal Rifaat on Aug. 9.

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FSA fighters and family members lower Abdul Rahman into his grave in Tal Rifaat on Aug. 9. He was buried in his hometown near the fields he worked in before the revolution.

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FSA fighters and family members grieve over the body of Ayman Alito -- who also died fighting for the FSA in the Salaheddin neighborhood -- in a mosque in Tal Rifaat on Aug. 9.

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A boy grieves over the body of Alito as they take his body to the mosque in Tal Rifaat on Aug. 9.

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An FSA fighter encourages an elderly couple to hurry across a street where they are exposed to Syrian army sniper fire near the front lines in Aleppo on Aug. 11.

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Pro-regime prisoners in a school used by the FSA as a prison in Mari, Aleppo province, on Aug. 8.

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FSA supporters demonstrate against the government on the streets of Mari on Aug. 8.

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