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Bombed school - Aleppo
aleppo, Syria
By LeeHarper
20 Mar 2013

A young Syrian boy in Aleppo plays in a bombed-out playground, once a functioning school. The majority of children do not attend classes anymore because so many schools have been destroyed.

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Aleppo (14 of 15)
Aleppo, Syria
By LeeHarper
20 Mar 2013

Two Syrian men pray while a Mig flys over above in the Al Saledine area of Aleppo. The mosque has already been bombed by the Assad Regime

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Aleppo (13 of 15)
Aleppo, Syria
By LeeHarper
19 Mar 2013

A Free Syrian Fighter from the Al Tawheed Brigade Katiba looks around the door for snipers in Old City, Aleppo. The fighting has become a stalemate in Aleppo where both sides have not gained ground.

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Aleppo (12 of 15)
Aleppo, Syria
By LeeHarper
19 Mar 2013

A Free Syrian Fighter from the Al Tawheed Katiba dodges the Assad snipers from across the street. The fighting in the City has come to a stalemate where both sides haven't pushed forward.

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Aleppo (11 of 15)
Aleppo, Syria
By LeeHarper
19 Mar 2013

A Free Syrian Fighter from the Al Tawheed Katiba takes a rest on a staircase. In Aleppo, the fighting has come to a stalemate, with neither side gaining ground.

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Aleppo (8 of 15)
Aleppo, Syria
By LeeHarper
19 Mar 2013

A Free Syrian fighter from the Al Tawheed Katiba stands guard on the street. Assad fighters in the Old City, Aleppo, stand around the corner. The fighting in the City between both sides has come to a stalemate without any advancement.

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Aleppo (4 of 15)
Aleppo, Syria
By LeeHarper
19 Mar 2013

A Free Syrian Fighter from the Al Tawheed Katiba checks for snipers across the street in the Old City of Aleppo. The fighting in Aleppo for both side has become more of a stalemate situation.

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Aleppo (3 of 15)
Aleppo, Syria
By LeeHarper
19 Mar 2013

An AK47 rests on a chair in the Old City of Aleppo. The conflict within Aleppo is at a stalemate with neither side advancing.

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Praying on the Frontlines - Aleppo
Aleppo, Syria
By LeeHarper
16 Mar 2013

Two Free Syrian fighters pray under torch light at night in the Baston Basher of Aleppo. The area is full of FSA in contrast to civilians who have mostly left the area due to heavy conflict.

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Katiba in Bustan Pasa - Aleppo
Aleppo, Syria
By LeeHarper
16 Mar 2013

The Libyan FSA fighter teases the regime snipers at night with a laser pen in the Bustan Pasa area of Aleppo, Syria. In Bustan Pasa there are frequent bombings even as often as 2 - 3 a day.

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Aleppo in Ashes
Aleppo, Syria
By Mais Istanbuli
15 Mar 2013

The city of Aleppo during heavy close quarters fighting intimately following a Free Syrian Army unit as they battle against President Bashar al Assad's security forces street to street and building to building. LEE HARPER, Syria

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Aleppo (10 of 15)
Aleppo, Syria
By LeeHarper
15 Mar 2013

A Syrian man looks out on the district of Baston Basher where heavy fighting has been taking place. On the wall to the left are bullet holes from sniper shots.

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Aleppo (7 of 15)
Aleppo, Syria
By LeeHarper
15 Mar 2013

Two Free Syrian Army Soldiers stand guard with their neon bike in the district of Bustan Basher in Aleppo.

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Aleppo (1 of 15)
Aleppo, Syria
By LeeHarper
15 Mar 2013

A sniper look out in the liberated Ba'ath Part office in the Bustan Basher district of Aleppo. The sniper uses his binoculars to look at the reflection in the mirror to spot snipers from the regime.

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Children, victims of Syria's war (4 o...
Azaz, Syria
By Ryan Heughn Jacobs
14 Mar 2013

A young girl in Azaz refugee camp poses infront of her father(L) who lost his leg last year when a rocket hit their home in Aleppo. With 35% of Syria's population under the age of 14, what happens to them now will determine Syria's future.

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Aleppo (6 of 15)
Aleppo, Syria
By LeeHarper
14 Mar 2013

A barbers shop remains open during the night in Aleppo, regardless of the shelling happening around the City. Many businesses and civilians try to live a normal life in the City

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Aleppo (5 of 15)
Aleppo, Syria
By LeeHarper
14 Mar 2013

A convience store open for business at night in Aleppo. In the Free Syrian Army controlled areas of the city, there are shops open throughout the day and night despite shelling around the city.

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Authority for the Promotion of Virtue
Aleppo, Syria
By salem_rizk
26 Feb 2013

At times appearing beneath a banner with the name "The Islamic Front for the Liberation of Syria," a man referred to as Abu Sulayman introduces "The Committee for the Protection of Virtue and Defense of the Oppressed." The name of this committee is similar to that of the police that enforce Sharia Law in Saudi Arabia, called, "The Committee for the Protection of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice." In his statement, Mr. Sulayman describes the provision of aid and the provision of security and policing as two core aspects of the committee's mission. Following his statement are a series of brief interviews, including people seeking assistance from the committee as well as a member of the committee apparently interacting with one of their detainees in a temporary holding cell.

Partial transcription below. Full transcription, including time code, is available on request.

[Transcript from the video statement]: We are members of the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Defense of the Oppressed. We work primarily on security and policing. Our security arm operates throughout all of the liberated areas. As everyone knows, many violations and crimes have occurred and are occurring at the hands of both civilians and the Free Syrian Army (FSA).

God willing, we will now be able to provide security by utilizing our committee's Islamic civilian police force so that we might stand against all criminals and violators who would damage public or private property. As far as our security and policing operations in the liberated areas, we go on patrols, set up checkpoints and send committee forces to provide the security and curb theft and other transgressions.

We always seek peaceful solutions, especially when it involves any armed groups (FSA members), by sending respected religious authorities to resolve conflicts in a peaceful manner. If this approach does not succeed, then we use force to arrest the offending party, whether it is an individual or a group. The offender is then brought to our Sharia Law Committee.

As mentioned, our work in this committee is multi-faceted, and includes providing assistance to those in need. The aid side is a very important aspect of our work.

[Excerpts from the interviews]:


[A civilian woman]: I have come here because my children are hungry and I am hungry, and we have been for the past 3 months; and for 3 months they have been promising assistance, and I haven't seen anything. My cousin came here asking for a house and they haven't provided her with one.

[Mr. Sulayman, speaking to one of the religious authorities, apparently also on the committee]: "To avoid the temptation that a woman living alone can introduce in the community, we need to provide this woman with a home."

[Mr. Sulayman, speaking to the same woman, who has approached the committee for housing assistance]: "Take care of your home (don't break sharia law), be a good muslim, keep your children with you, and we will provide you with a house."

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Scud missile Aleppo
Aleppo, Syria
By toininou
19 Feb 2013

A scud missile hit the neighborhood of Djebel Badro in Aleppo this night. More than thirty people were killed. On these pictures syrian people are looking for bodies after the massacre.

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Scud missile Aleppo
Aleppo, Syria
By toininou
19 Feb 2013

A scud missile hit the neighborhood of Djebel Badro in Aleppo this night. More than thirty people were killed. On these pictures syrian people are looking for bodies after the massacre.

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Barrel Bombs Displace People of Aleppo
By TTM Contributor 4
07 Feb 2013

In recent weeks, the city of Aleppo saw a large migration from areas controlled by the opposition because of the barrel bombing campaign carried out by government forces.The exodus of people came majorly from the eastern neighborhoods as the concentration of shelling and bombing by government forces focused on those eastern fronts controlled by the opposition, especially those areas near the Al-Nairab military airport and the international airport of Aleppo. Government forces are trying to occupy these neighborhoods, thus isolating the eastern part of the city controlled by the opposition.

While the eastern neighborhood areas beyond the control of the government witnessed almost complete exodus - especially in Marjah, Al-Misar, Al-Gizmati and Al-Shi'ar - in the western neighborhoods, the displacement is much less severe.

شهدت مدينة حلب خلال الأسابيع الأخيرة الماضية حركة نزوح كبيرة من المناطق التي تسيطر عليها المعارضة بسبب حملة القصف بالبراميل المتفجرة من قبل القوات الحكومية . وبينما شهدت الأحياء الشرقية من المناطق الخارجة عن سيطرة النظام نزوحاً شبه كامل، وخاصة في أحياء المرجة والميسر والجزماتي والشعار وطريق الباب، كانت حركة النزوح في الأحياء الغربية من هذه المناطق أقل حدة. يأتي ذلك بعد تركيز النظام ضغطه على الجبهات الشرقية من الأحياء التي تسيطر عليها المعارضة، وخاصة تلك القريبة من مطاري النيرب العسكري وحلب الدولي، حيث يسعى النظام لاقتحام هذه الأحياء وعزل القسم الشرقي من المنطقة الخاضعة لسيطرة المعارضة عن القسم الغربي منها.

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Aleppo Barrel Bombs Attack
By Transterra Editor
30 Jan 2013

On both January 26 and January 31, 2014, Syrian military helicopters dropped barrel bombs on rebel-held areas of Aleppo in the neighborhood of Mysar, near the Aleppo airport.

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Satellite Uplink
Aleppo, Syria
By pathilsman
01 Dec 2012

A rickety satellite uplink keeps us connected to the outside world.

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FSA Ambulance
Aleppo, Syria
By pathilsman
01 Dec 2012

An ambulance is brought to the front to evacuate potential wounded

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FSA Technical
Aleppo, Syria
By pathilsman
01 Dec 2012

An FSA fighter checks the machine-gun on his technical.

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Kurdish And Arab fighters
Aleppo, Syria
By pathilsman
01 Dec 2012

Fighters from a mixed Kurdish/Arab FSA battalion

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Enthusiastic Fighters
Aleppo, Syria
By pathilsman
01 Dec 2012

The fighters are battle-weary but seem optimistic

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FSA Fighter
Aleppo, Syria
By pathilsman
01 Dec 2012

An FSA fighter covers his face for fear of his families' safety

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FSA Hangs Carpets To Block Sniper Views
Aleppo, Syria
By pathilsman
01 Dec 2012

The FSA hangs carpets across streets that are controlled by snipers to block their view.

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Handmade Grenade
Aleppo
By pathilsman
01 Dec 2012

Fighter holds a handmade grenade in Syria.

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Syrian Youth
Aleppo, Syria
By pathilsman
30 Nov 2012

A Syrian girl leads protestors in Aleppo

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Protestors March past Garbage Heaps
Aleppo, Syria
By pathilsman
30 Nov 2012

Protestors stream by nearly two years of accumulated garbage in Aleppo

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Syrian Youth
Aleppo, Syria
By pathilsman
30 Nov 2012

A Syrian girl leads anti-Assad protesters in Aleppo.