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Deadly Stalemate in Syria

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A year after the start of Syria's uprising, the weary nation is at an impasse, with a broad insurgency still active despite months of brutal attacks by the Syrian army and other forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. Diplomacy has now stalled, international sanctions have had little effect, and no outside intervention appears imminent. According the the UN, more than 8,000 people have died in the conflict so far, and the violence is escalating in what has become a war of attrition. The Syrian government is denying access to the country by independent journalists, but a number of them have found their way in and out on their own, bringing back these images so the world can see what is taking place. [39 photos]

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Aida cries as she recovers from severe injuries after the Syrian Army shelled her house in Idlib, Syria, on March 10, 2012. Aida's husband and two of her children were killed in the attack. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
Aida cries as she recovers from severe injuries after the Syrian Army shelled her house in Idlib, Syria, on March 10, 2012. Aida's husband and two of her children were killed in the attack. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
A Syrian army tank in Yabroud, near Damascus, on March 8, 2012. (Reuters/Shaam News Network) #
A woman holds her daughter on the balcony of her building damaged by Syrian Army bombings in central Idlib, Syria, on February 27, 2012. European Union foreign ministers said Monday they were increasingly appalled by the Syrian government's ruthless campaign of repression against civilians, and imposed new sanctions in hopes of pressuring the regime to change course. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) #
Ammar al-Wawi, a one-time Syrian officer now second-in-command of the rebel Free Syrian Army, poses for a picture during an interview in the restive Idlib province in northwestern Syria, on March 14, 2012, during which he said "Assad has killed so many people that he deserves a fate worse than Qaddafi's." (Ricardo Garcia Vilanova/AFP/Getty Images) #
Members of the Free Syrian Army move weapons, medicine and personnel across a river near Al Janoudiyah, in the Idlib province of Syria, on February 23, 2012. (ENN-Bradley Secker/AFP/Getty Images) #
A Syrian woman stitches a red star on an old Syrian flag used by the Free Syrian Army in Qusayr, on March 1, 2012. (Gianluigi Guercia/AFP/Getty Images) #
Members of the Free Syrian Army deployed in al-Bayada, Homs, on February 29, 2012. Syrian troops launched a ground attack in Homs on Wednesday in an apparent attempt to overrun the rebel-held Baba Amro neighborhood that has endured 25 days of siege and fierce bombardment, opposition sources said. (Reuters/Stringer) #
Damaged cars and debris in the Bab al-Draib neighborhood in Homs, on March 20, 2012. (Reuters/ Omar Bawab) #
Syrian rebels take position during clashes with Syrian Army forces in Idlib, Syria, on March 11, 2012. In the previous days, troops had encircled Idlib, and tank shells pounded the city from dawn until evening. Rebels dashed through the streets, taking cover behind the corners of buildings as they clashed with the troops. Wounded fighters were piled into trucks bound for makeshift clinics. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) #
A man carries a boy who was severely wounded during heavy fighting between Syrian rebels and government forces in Idlib, on March 11, 2012. Syrian activists said Monday that pro-government gunmen killed several people including children in a rebel stronghold recaptured by the government in the embattled central city of Homs. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) #
A morgue worker burns a bandage to bind the hands of a boy who died from his wounds during heavy fighting between Syrian rebels and the government forces in Idlib, on March 11, 2012. Wounded people, including children and women, crowded into the clinic in bloodstained clothes. Many had clearly been struck by snipers, who shot them through the legs and arms. Shrapnel left many with gaping wounds; many died in their beds. There was no space in the morgue for more corpses, so families immediately arranged to bury the dead. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) #
Syrian rebels carry the dead body of a comrade to a morgue after heavy fighting with Syrian government forces in Idlib, on March 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) #
A Syrian rebel reacts after learning of the death of at least four comrades and several injured during clashes with Syrian government forces outside a hospital in Idlib, on March 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) #
Smoke rises as Idlib is shelled by Syrian government forces, on March 11, 2012. (Reuters/Stringer) #
A Syrian rebel stands next to a flaming tire while firing at a Syrian army checkpoint, in a suburb of Damascus, on March 17, 2012. Two suicide bombers detonated cars packed with explosives in near-simultaneous attacks on heavily guarded intelligence and security buildings in the Syrian capital Damascus Saturday, killing at least 27 people. (AP Photo) #
Free Syrian Army supporters chant anti-government slogans under snowfall on the outskirts of Idlib, on February 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) #
Armored vehicles of the Syrian army on the streets of Deir al-Zour, Syria, on March 21, 2012. (Reuters) #
Syrian refugees walk through woods helped by rebels from the Free Syrian Army as they attempt to cross the northwestern part of the Syrian border into neighboring Turkey, on March 18, 2012. (Giorgos Moutafis/AFP/Getty Images) #
Syrian refugees walk across a field on the Syrian side of the border before crossing into Turkey at Reyhanli in Antakya, on March 14, 2012. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images) #
Syrian refugees hide their face as they arrive at the border between Syria and Turkey at Reyhanli in Antakya, on March 15, 2012. Some 1,000 Syrian refugees, including a defecting general, crossed into Turkey in a 24 hour period, braving landmines laid to stop them by Syria's troops. The head of the Turkish Red Crescent warned that the number of Syrians arriving in Turkey could reach half a million if Bashar al-Assad's regime keeps up its year-long crackdown on dissent. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images) #
A Syrian refugee, who fled the unrest in Syria, refuses to speak to the media while waiting to receive humanitarian aid at the Islamic Charity in Amman, Jordan, on March 21, 2012. (Reuters/Ali Jarekji) #
Shadows of Syrian refugee children are cast on a tent as they walk in Reyhanli refugee camp in Hatay province on the Turkish-Syrian border, on March 17, 2012. Over the past few weeks, the number of Syrians crossing has increased dramatically with an average of 200 to 300 now coming into Turkey every day. Around 15,000 registered Syrian refugees now live in tented camps inside Turkey, making up almost half of the 34,000 people the United Nations estimates to have fled Syria since the start of the conflict a year ago. (Reuters/Murad Sezer) #
A Syrian woman kisses a soldier from the Free Syrian Army in front a destroyed Syrian army tank which was attacked during clashes between the government forces and the rebels, in Rastan town, on March 21, 2012. (AP Photo) #
Free Syrian Army fighters plant a roadside bomb to destroy a Syrian Army tank during a day of fierce fighting with the government forces in Idlib, on March 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) #
A man carries a rocket propelled grenade launcher in the al-Hamidiya neighborhood of Homs, on February 25, 2012. (AFP/Getty Images) #
Syrian children hide behind sandbags on the street in the central town of Rastan, near Homs, on March 13, 2012. (AFP/Getty Images) #
Muaz Jaban, a 22-year old man from the northern Syrian town of Ma'arra in Idlib, lies in a hospital bed in Reyhanli in Hatay province on the Turkish-Syrian border, on March 20, 2012. Jaban was badly wounded when a Syrian army tank opened fire on an anti-government protest in Ma'arra earlier this month. (Reuters/Jonathon Burch) #
A Syrian rebel mans a position in the north of northern Syria's Idlib region, on March 18, 2012. Saudi Arabia is delivering military equipment to Syrian rebels in an effort to stop bloodshed by President Bashar al-Assad's regime, a top Arab diplomat said. (Frederic Lafargue/AFP/Getty Images) #
Bloodstains are left on the walls, furniture and floor, from a 70-year-old woman who was killed in the room during heavy shelling by government forces in Sermeen near the northern city of Idlib, on February 28, 2012. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra) #
The wife of Mohammed Halak holds her husband as she mourns his death due to injuries caused by gunfire during heavy fighting between the Syrian rebels and Syrian Army forces in Idlib, on March 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) #
Bodies of two who were killed after a heavy shelling by government forces are covered with a mat in Sermeen near the northern city of Idlib, on February 28, 2012. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra) #
A rebel of the Free Syrian Army takes refuge in an old storehouse in the mountains close to Al-Janoudia village, in northern Syria, on March 17, 2012. (Giorgos Moutafis/AFP/Getty Images) #
Syrian children who fled to Jordan with their families enjoy a day out at an amusement park in Amman, on March 21, 2012. The activity was organized by an aid group to help the children acclimatize to life in their new environment. (Reuters/Ali Jarekji) #
A portrait of a Free Syrian Army rebel mounted on his steed in Al-Shatouria village near the Turkish border in northwestern Syria, on March 16, 2012. (Giorgos Moutafis/AFP/Getty Images) #
Zaher Al Hariri is hugged by his friend after speaking to the media in Amman, Jordan, on March 15, 2012. He described how his right hand was cut off by Syrian security forces after he went to a state hospital in Syria's Deraa city to receive treatment after a bullet penetrated his fingers when security forces fired shots at a pro-democracy rally he participated in. He is now getting psychological treatment for trauma from the French aid organization Medicins Sans Frontieres. (Reuters/Ali Jarekji) #
People gather at the site of a car bomb explosion that went off behind a security office in Aleppo, Syria, on March 18, 2012. The bomb hit Aleppo one day after blasts killed 27 in Damascus, and security forces arrested and beat activists at a rare anti-government protest in the center of the capital. (Reuters/George Ourfalian) #
Armed Syrian men, members of the rebel Free Syrian Army, gather in a mountainous area of the restive Idlib province on March 13, 2012. Some 100 fighters are gathered in this region, another hotspot of rebel operations against President Bashar al-Assad's regime. (Ricardo Garcia Vilanova/AFP/Getty Images) #
Doctors try to save the life of a severely wounded Free Syrian Army fighter during fighting against government troops in Idlib, on March 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) #
Hana, age 12, flashes the victory sign next to her sister Eva, 13, as they recover from severe injuries after the Syrian Army shelled their house in Idlib, north Syria, on March 10, 2012. Their father and two siblings were killed after their home was shelled. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) #

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