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Syria's Long, Bloody Uprising

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Nearly a year after it began, the violence in Syria carries on. Despite tightening international sanctions, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's troops continue to attack opposition strongholds across the country. As the shelling of the city of Homs continues, fresh offensives have just started in the province of Idlib, where government troops reportedly fired artillery, mortars, and anti-aircraft guns at several towns. Over the weekend, the United States and European and Arab countries held a "friends of Syria" conference in Tunisia to work out a plan to end the violence. Talk of arming the opposition is muted, due to deep divisions within the cluster of groups opposed to Assad's rule. And there are fears that supplying weapons to Assad's disjointed group of opponents might lead to further instability -- and that the unrest might spread to neighboring countries. Meanwhile, thousands have died, international intervention has had little effect, and no end appears in sight. [39 photos]

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A Syrian boy stands in front of a damaged armored vehicle belonging to the Syrian army in a street in Homs, on January 23, 2012. (Reuters/Ahmed Jadallah)
A Syrian boy stands in front of a damaged armored vehicle belonging to the Syrian army in a street in Homs, on January 23, 2012. (Reuters/Ahmed Jadallah)
Residents protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad after a burial ceremony for what activists say are victims of shelling by the Syrian army, in the Khalidiya neighborhood in Homs, on February 4, 2012. Syrian forces killed more than 200 people in an assault on the city of Homs, activists said, the bloodiest day of an 11-month uprising against Assad. (Reuters) #
Syrian government tanks, in the streets of Bab Amro, near the city of Homs, on February 12, 2012. Syrian forces recently resumed their bombardment of the city of Homs, with government troops concentrating their fire on Baba Amro neighborhood in the south of the city and al-Waer in the west. Opposition campaigners said tank fire was concentrated on two large Sunni Muslim neighborhoods that have been at the forefront of opposition to President Bashar al-Assad. (Reuters/Mulham Alnader) #
Damaged houses in the Bab Sabaa neighborhood of Homs, shown in this picture taken by Syrian National Council (SNC) member Moulhem Al-Jundi, on February 19, 2012. (Reuters/Moulhem Al-Jundi) #
(1 of 2) A man runs to help another man lying on the ground after a rocket attack on January 11, 2012, in the western city of Homs. The impact site of the rocket can be seen on the sidewalk at lower right. French journalist Gilles Jacquier was killed and a number of other reporters were wounded when a rocket exploded as they covered a story in Homs, a witness told AFP. The journalists were on a visit organized by the authorities. (Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images) #
(2 of 2) A seriously injured Syrian man lies on the ground following a rocket attack, on January 11, 2012, in the city of Homs. (Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images) #
Smoke billows from a building in the Sunni neighborhood of Al-Kobbeh in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, on February 11, 2012 during clashes between Lebanese Sunni Muslims hostile to Syria's regime and Alawites who support it. (Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images) #
Hassan Saad, 13, who fled Idlib in Syria, flashes a victory sign while walking outside the refugees camp near the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern city of Yayladagi, on February 16, 2012. Hassan said that his father was killed by the pro-Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad army five months ago. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra) #
A member of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) talks on a walkie-talkie in Idlib in northwestern Syria, on February 22, 2012. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images) #
Syrians carry the body of a man reportedly killed in violence in the northwestern Idlib region, on February 23, 2012. Three soldiers were killed and seven others wounded in a bomb at the southern entrance to Idlib city, according to the official SANA state news agency. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images) #
A woman stands next to a graffiti that reads "Freedom" during a demonstration against Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad's regime in the outskirts of Idlib, northern Syria, on February 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) #
This pair of images shows American journalist Marie Colvin, left, and French photographer Remi Ochlik. The two journalists were killed on Wednesday, February 22, 2012 by Syrian government shelling of the opposition stronghold of Homs, France's government said. (AP Photo) #
In this Wednesday, February 15, 2012 file citizen journalism image provided by the Local Coordination Committees in Syria, anti-Syrian regime activist Khaled Abu-Salah stands in front of flames and black smoke from a bombed oil pipeline, in Baba Amr neighborhood in Homs province, central Syria. Syrian troops intensively shelled rebel-held neighborhoods in the restive central city of Homs, on Friday and killed at least five people, activists said. (AP Photo/Local Coordination Committees in Syria) #
This Wednesday February 15, 2012 satellite image shows a pipeline fire in Homs, Syria. The pipeline, which runs through the rebel-held neighborhood of Baba Amr, in Homs, had been shelled by regime troops for the previous 12 days, according to two activist groups, the Local Coordination Committees and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The state news agency, SANA, blamed "armed terrorists" for the pipeline attack last week. It said the pipeline feeds the tankers in the Damascus suburb of Adra, which contribute in supplying gasoline to the capital and southern regions. (AP Photo/DigitalGlobe) #
Syrians demonstrate against the regime after Friday prayers in the north Syrian city of Idlib, on February 17, 2012. Thousands of Syrians rallied to demand Bashar al-Assad's ouster, as the embattled president's forces unleashed their heaviest pounding yet of Homs in a brutal bid to crush dissent, monitors said. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images) #
Demonstrators hold a banner during a protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, after Friday prayers in Kafranbel, near Idlib, Syria, on February 17, 2012. Demonstrations against Assad were reported by activists in several cities across Syria, including the capital Damascus and the commercial hub Aleppo, after Friday Muslim prayers despite the threat of violence from security forces. (Reuters) #
An unfinished building stands pock-marked by bullet holes and rocket attacks in Bab Amro, in the city of Homs, on February 12, 2012. (Reuters/Mulham Alnader) #
A Syrian man walks past damaged buildings in Homs, on January 23, 2012. (Reuters/Ahmed Jadallah) #
A house, reportedly struck by a shell fired by Syrian regime forces in Idlib in northwestern Syria, on February 22, 2012. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images) #
A boy holds the remain of a mortar shell in this picture taken by Syrian National Council (SNC) member Moulhem Al-Jundi in Karm Al Zaytoon, a neighborhood of Homs, on February 23, 2012. (Reuters/Moulhem Al-Jundi) #
Police helmets and other equipment lie on the ground outside the police headquarters building, one of two sites of bomb blasts in Syria's northern city of Aleppo, on February 10, 2012. Twenty-five people were killed and 175 people were wounded in two blasts targeting security bases in Aleppo, state television quoted the Health Ministry as saying. (Reuters/ George Orfalian) #
Wounded men are seen in the Sunni Muslim district of Bab Amro in Homs in this photo received on February 8, 2012. Syrian forces thrust into the rebellious city of Homs on Wednesday, killing as many as 100 civilians by the account of opposition activists. (Reuters) #
A trail of blood leads through the doorway of a damaged house after government forces pummeled the opposition-held area of Bab Amro, in this picture received on February 16, 2012. An intense bombardment hit the mainly Sunni Muslim area of Baba Amro after Alawite-led troops, backed by Armour, advanced from neighboring Inshaat, opposition activists there said. (Reuters/Mulham Alnader) #
Two damaged armored military vehicles remain in the street after clashes between President Bashar al-Assad's forces and members of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in Cairo square near Khaldiyeh area in Homs, on February 4, 2012. (Reuters/Stringer) #
A Free Syrian Army fighter stands guard in Idlib, northwestern Syria, near the Turkish border, on February 20, 2012. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images) #
Muhammad, a 17-year-old Syrian man brought into Jordan for medical treatment, sits on a bed after undergoing multiple reconstructive surgeries at the Red Crescent Hospital in Amman, on February 9, 2012. Muhammad covered his face to conceal his identity. Doctors at the hospital said tens of young Syrians injured during the violence in their country are currently receiving treatment at the hospital run by Paris-based Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). (Reuters/Ali Jarekji) #
In this Monday, February 20, 2012 citizen journalism image provided by the Local Coordination Committees in Syria and accessed on February 21, 2012, a home damaged by Syrian government forces shelling in Baba Amr. (AP Photo/Local Coordination Committees in Syria) #
Residents attend a burial ceremony for what activists say are victims of shelling by the Syrian army, in the Khalidiya neighborhood in Homs, on February 4, 2012. (Reuters) #
A Syrian man shows his badly-injured hand, which he said was inflicted by Syrian security forces, at a temporary shelter after undergoing multiple reconstructive surgeries at a Red Crescent Hospital in Amman, on February 13, 2012. Syrians injured during the violence in their country are currently receiving treatment at a hospital run by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Amman. The men covered their faces to conceal their identity. (Reuters/Ali Jarekji) #
Members of the Free Syrian Army patrol a street in Al-Qsair, 25km southwest of the flashpoint city Homs, on January 27, 2012. (Alessio Romenzi/AFP/Getty Images) #
A slice of bred and a tomato sit next to rocket at a position manned by Free Syrian Army rebels in Idlib, on February 22, 2012. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images) #
A Syrian soldier on an armored military vehicle, seen from a distance, in Deir Balaba, near Homs, on January 31, 2012. (Reuters/Handout) #
Syrian rebels take a position behind a wall as they fire their weapons during a battle with the Syrian government forces, at Rastan, in Homs province, Syria, on January 31, 2012. (AP Photo) #
Damaged houses are seen in this picture taken by Syrian National Council (SNC) member Moulhem Al-Jundi in Karm Al Zaytoon, a neighborhood of Homs, on February 23, 2012. (Reuters/Moulhem Al-Jundi) #
An badly injured man lies in a bed at a makeshift clinic in the Syrian city of Idlib, on February 24, 2012. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images) #
Civilians flee from fighting after Syrian army tanks entered the northwestern city of Idlib, Syria, on February 14, 2012. (AP Photo) #
A Syrian boy walks past a building covered with graffiti that reportedly was painted over by the authorities in the town of Duma, 10 km northwest of Damascus, on February 25, 2012. (AFP/Getty Images) #
The feet of an unidentified corpse lie near a canal following an assault by Syrian security forces in Idlib, on February 18, 2012. The body had just been recovered, pulled from the canal below. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images) #
A Syrian rebel aims his rifle inside a classroom at a school in Deir Baalbeh neighborhood in Homs province, Syria, on February 22, 2012. Over the weekend, Syrians approved a new draft constitution aimed at quelling the country's uprising by ending the ruling Baath Party's five-decade domination of power, but the opposition boycotted the vote, and foreign officials have callled the referendum a sham. (AP Photo) #

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