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Syria: The Battle for Aleppo (PHOTOS)
Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

These photos show the Free Syrian Army attempting quick, guerilla-style attacks in the heart of Aleppo, to grab territory from the Assad regime, whose heavy weapons are less nimble.

Rebels have held several key neighborhoods in the southwest, pushing all the way to the gates of the city’s famed citadel. But regime airstrikes have prevented decisive blows in the two-week battle, and Assad's forces are claiming heavy rebel casualties in a ground offensive launched Wednesday on these neighborhoods. 

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A Free Syrian Army fighter speaks into a radio on 10th Street, the front line of clashes between rebels and regime forces in the neighborhood of Salahadin, in Aleppo, Syria on July 31, 2012. Almost all of the estimated 200,000 residents of Salahadin have fled to other areas of the city for safety.

(Nicole Tung - GlobalPost)
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A fighter from the Free Syrian Army sits in stairwell preparing for battle in the neighborhood of Salahadin in Aleppo, Syria, on July 31, 2012. Many of the Aleppo's fiercest battles have taken place in restive neighborhoods such as Salahadin.

(Nicole Tung - GlobalPost)
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Fighters from the Free Syrian Army attempt to shoot at a regime sniper in the neighborhood of Salahadin in Aleppo, Syria on July 31, 2012. Salahadin is now nearly empty of its estimated 200,000 residents. The men who stayed to fight, armed with only RPGs, homemade bombs and AK-47 assault rifles, are often outgunned by the Syrian regime's forces.

(Nicole Tung - GlobalPost)
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Fighters from the Free Syrian Army, who are a part of the Tawhid Brigade, attempt to fire on Syrian army positions on the front lines in Salahadin, Aleppo, on July 31, 2012. Fierce fighting erupted in Aleppo, Syria's commercial capital and its most populated city, about two weeks ago and shows no signs of abating.

(Nicole Tung - GlobalPost)
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A fighter from the Free Syrian Army lays injured by a piece of shrapnel after a Syrian army tank fired on 10th Street, which separates the rebels and the regime in Salahadin, Aleppo, on July 31, 2012. Almost all of Salahadin's estimated 200,000 residents have fled to other areas of Aleppo for safety.

(Nicole Tung - GlobalPost)
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Nurses and doctors treat injuries sustained by the Free Syrian Army in a field hospital, formerly a school, in the neighborhood of Salahadin, Aleppo, on July 31, 2012.

(Nicole Tung - GlobalPost)
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A destroyed photo of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on the grounds of the Al Ansari police station in the Sikari neighborhood of Aleppo.

(Nicole Tung - GlobalPost)
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A father walks with his children through the rubble after a war plane bombed the Salahadin neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria, on Aug. 1, 2012. Few civilians remain in the district and those who stay face heavy shelling from tanks, fighter jets, helicopters and rockets.

(Nicole Tung - GlobalPost)
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Women and children peer through a window to see what supplies have been delivered to the dormitory at the University of Aleppo on July 30, 2012. Families from the Salahadin neighborhood have sought shelter a the university over the past two weeks, fleeing fierce fighting and shelling by government forces.

(Nicole Tung - GlobalPost)
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Displaced Syrian children play in a dormitory room at the University of Aleppo on July 30, 2012. Thousands of residents from the Salahadin neighborhood and other districts of Aleppo have sought shelter over the past two weeks, fleeing fierce fighting and shelling by government forces.

(Nicole Tung - GlobalPost)
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Displaced Syrian children are seen in a park in Aleppo, Syria on July 30, 2012. The children have taken refuge in the park from the fighting.

(Nicole Tung - GlobalPost)
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A family takes shelter in the hallway of their apartment building in the Salahadin neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria, on Aug. 2, 2012, during a bout of heavy regime shelling.

(Nicole Tung - GlobalPost)
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Fighters with the Free Syrian Army prepare to leave the Bustan al-Qesr neighborhood in Aleppo, Syria, to provide support to rebels in neighboring Salahadin, where heavy fighting is taking place.

(Nicole Tung - GlobalPost)
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Fighters with the Free Syrian Army take cover during a firefight in the neighborhood of Ezza'a in Aleppo, Syria, on Aug. 3, 2012, the first time the opposition has entered the area. They faced snipers, helicopter and tank fire. Much of southwestern Aleppo is now under rebel control.

(Nicole Tung - GlobalPost)
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A fighter with the Free Syrian Army prepares his gun during a firefight in the neighborhood of Ezza'a in Aleppo, Syria, on Aug. 3, 2012.

(Nicole Tung - GlobalPost)
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Smoke rises over the neighborhood of Salahadin in Aleppo, Syria, on Aug. 4, 2012 as fighting intensifies in Syria's commercial capital and its most populated city.

(Nicole Tung - GlobalPost)
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