Anti-Assad fighters stood atop a captured army tank on Wednesday in the village of Anadan, about 4 miles northwest of Aleppo.
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August 2, 2012 As fighting intensifies in the Syrian city, there are fears about the deadly consequences for civilians.
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Video taken from Syrian TV purportedly shows government forces taking up position during clashes with rebels Wednesday in the Al-Midan district of Damascus.
July 18, 2012 Wednesday's bombing in Damascus, which killed several senior figures in President Bashar Assad's inner circle, also shattered the notion that he and his government still have firm control of the capital.
May 31, 2012 By resisting efforts at the United Nations to bring concerted pressure on Syrian President Bashar Assad to end the killing in his country, Russia is helping keep the regime in power, she says.
Saturday: In this picture provided by the Syrian opposition's Shaam News Network, people watch the mass burial of victims from Friday's violence in Houla.
May 29, 2012 Fewer than 20 of the 108 people killed Friday in Houla died from artillery fire, according to the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights' office. Syrian diplomats are being expelled from countries around the world in response.
April 26, 2012 Activists inside Syria say government forces are responsible for an explosion today in the city of Hama, and that about 70 people were killed. The Assad regime says 16 people died in an explosion at a bomb factory used by "armed terrorist groups."
Syrian refugee children looked out of a bus last week after they arrived at a camp in Turkey.
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April 18, 2012 "It's almost as if in certain parts of the country the ceasefire isn't in effect anymore," NPR's Kelly McEvers reports.
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April 13, 2012 On the second day of a ceasefire, there's less violence but the government is still using force against them, anti-regime activists say.
April 12, 2012 As a ceasefire was supposed to begin, army tanks and troops remained in place. But there were only a few reports of alleged violations.
April 11, 2012 Forces loyal to President Bashar Assad continue to attack those who oppose the regime, activists say.
At a refugee camp in Reyhanli, Turkey, on Monday, Syrians sought help and safety.
April 10, 2012 On this day when a U.N.-brokered cease-fire was supposed to go into effect in Syria, activists reported military attacks on two towns even as the government claimed its military forces have begun pulling out of some areas.
March 27, 2012 President Bashar Assad's regime has previously agreed to other peace plans, however, to little or no effect. And there are reports of fighting today near the border with Lebanon.
March 8, 2012 "I am joining the revolution of this noble nation that did not and will not accept the injustice with all the atrocities committed by the regime," says a man identified as an assistant minister.
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March 1, 2012 But they also opposed a resolution that condemns "widespread and systematic" human rights violations in Syria.
Syrian mourners on Wednesday carried the body of a man who was killed in fighting near Homs.
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March 1, 2012 "This is a terrible situation," an activist tells NPR in a Skype call from near there. "We need immediate help. ... There is no food, no medication and no water."
In Qusayr, Syria, on Tuesday, a Free Syria Army member was on guard at the funeral of a man who activists say was killed by government forces.
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February 29, 2012 There are ominous reports from the district in the city of Homs, which has been under siege for weeks as President Bashar Assad's forces go after opponents.
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