15 Striking Images From The Front Lines Of The Syria Conflict

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on April 30 2013 11:45 PM
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    A member of the Free Syrian Army points his weapon through a hole in a wall as he takes up a defensive position during clashes with forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo's Salaheddine district, April 30, 2013. Reuters
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    Free Syrian Army fighters move through a hole in a wall during an infiltration operation in Aleppo's neighborhood of Salaheddine April 21, 2013. Picture taken April 21, 2013. Reuters
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    Free Syrian Army fighters carry their weapons as they move towards their positions during an infiltration operation in Aleppo's neighborhood of Salaheddine, which is partly held by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, April 29, 2013. Reuters
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    A Free Syrian Army fighter runs to avoid a sniper in Aleppo's Salaheddine neighborhood April 28, 2013. Reuters
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    Smoke rises after what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Homs April 29, 2013. Reuters
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    A member of the Free Syrian Army, holding his weapon, gets up from a hole in the ground, in Deir al-Zor, April 2, 2013. Reuters
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    A general view shows a deserted street with damaged buildings in the old city of Aleppo, April 29, 2013. Reuters
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    A Free Syrian Army fighter looks at his comrade as he gets shot by sniper fire in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus, January 30, 2013. Reuters
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    A weapon is pointed through a hole at the frontline in Aleppo's Salaheddine district, April 8, 2013. Reuters
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    A Free Syrian Army fighter fires a rocket propelled grenade during heavy fighting in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus, January 30, 2013. Reuters
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    An army soldier loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad carries his weapon as he moves past piled sandbags and a curtain erected to provide protection from snipers in the old city of Aleppo April 29, 2013. Reuters
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    A Free Syrian Army fighter looks back while pointing his weapon at a police academy as smoke rises during fighting between Free Syrian Army fighters and forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, on the outskirt of Aleppo, March 2, 2013. Reuters
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    A Free Syrian Army fighter throws a hand grenade inside a Syrian Army base during heavy fighting in the Arabeen neighbourhood of Damascus, February 3, 2013. Reuters
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    A Free Syrian Army fighter walks in a tunnel in Deir al-Zor, April 6, 2013. The 98-foot tunnel was dug under an area where Syrian Army forces have set up base in Deir Al-Zor, according to members of the Free Syrian Army. Reuters
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    A Free Syrian Army fighter fires his weapon during clashes with forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad in Aleppo's Bustan al-Qasr district, December 30, 2012. Reuters
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As the civil war between the Syrian National Coalition rebels and President Bashar al-Assad's loyalists enters its third year, nearly 70,000 people have been killed. It's a conflict that continues amid accusations that chemical weapons have been used by each side. 

This series of photos taken by Reuters photojournalists depicts the Syrian civil war as seen through the eyes of its combatants, largely composed of Syrian National Coalition soldiers. 

On Monday, Reuters reported that both sides in the civil war have blamed each other for the use of chemical weapons in the northern Syrian city of Saraqueb that day. The U.S. and Britain have pushed for a full United Nations investigation of the chemical attack. 

The Syrian civil war grew out of the Arab Spring, a protest movement taking part across the entire Middle East in early 2011. Syrian opponents to al-Assad’s government began a series of protests against the president, and were met with armed resistance, which soon escalated into full-on fighting between both sides. Currently, the Syrian National Coalition, which battles against al-Assad’s government, is composed of the Free Syrian Army and the Syrian Islamic Liberation front.

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