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March 26, 2014

Syrian conflict into its 4th year

This month, the fighting and unrest continue into a fourth year in Syria. Syrian rebels fought today with government troops near the coastal heartland of President Bashar al-Assad. The conflict has reportedly killed more than 140,000 people, and there are more than 2.5 million registered Syrian refugees, according to the United Nations. --Lloyd Young (21 photos total)

A Syrian man evacuates a child found in the rubble of a building reportedly hit by an explosives-filled barrel dropped by a government forces helicopter on March 18 in Aleppo. Iran's foreign minister that Tehran is "ready to help any logical attempts" to end the Syrian conflict, during a visit by UN-Arab League envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi. (Khaled Khatib/AFP/Getty Images)

Syrian emergency personnel extinguish a fire following a reported air strike by Syrian government forces on March 7 during the Friday prayer in the Sukkari neighborhood of the northern city of Aleppo. More than 140,000 people have been killed in Syria since the start of a March 2011 uprising against the Assad family's 40-year rule. (Baraa al-Halabi/AFP/Getty Images) #

Smoke rises after the Free Syrian army fighters targeted buildings where forces loyal to the Syrian regime resided, activists said in Sheikh Najjar in Aleppo on March 20. (Houssam Abo Dabak/Reuters) #

Men search for survivors under the rubble of collapsed buildings at a site hit by what activists said were barrel bombs dropped by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Karam homad district in Aleppo on March 26. (Hosam Katan/Reuters) #

A Free Syrian Army fighter mans an anti-aircraft gun at the back of a pick-up truck during clashes with forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the town of Morek in Hama province on March 21. (Badi Klif/Reuters) #

Children walk on the debris of damaged buildings in the al-Myassar neighborhood of Aleppo on March 22. (Mahmoud Hebbo/Reuters) #

A Syrian refugee girl stands outside the tents where she took shelter with her family in Kilis on the Turkish-Syrian border on March 17. Aleppo continues to bear the brunt of the civil war, in which about 140,000 people have died. Almost two years after rebels grabbed half of the city, they are now on the defensive, with government forces advancing on three sides. Turkey began building its refugee camps near the border in mid-2011, little knowing the war would last so long and bring such vast numbers of people, many of them women and children. More than 220,000 Syrians are living in the Turkish camps, but some three times that number struggle to exist outside them. Some try and eke out an existence around southeast Turkey, the country's poorest region. (Murad Sezer/Reuters) #

Jordanian workers construct steel houses at Azraq new Syrian refugee Camp, Azraq city, Jordan, on March 25. UNHCR representative in Jordan, Andrew Harper, said a new Syrian refugee camp will be opened by the end of April in Azraq City, nearly 100km east of Amman. The facility will be the third official camp for Syrian refugees in the Kingdom and is expected to host 3,000 Syrians. (Jamal Nasrallah/EPA) #

Syrian Refugees walk near the wall of UNHCR Headquarters at Zattari Syrian refugee camp near the city of Mafraq, Jordan, on March 24. An estimated 8 million Syrians have fled their homes since the outbreak of civil war in March 2011, taking refuge in neighboring countries or within Syria itself. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), about 2.5 million have fled to Syria's immediate neighbors Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq. Meanwhile, under 100,000 have declared asylum in Europe with a small number offered resettlement by countries such as Germany and Sweden. (Jamal Nasrallah/EPA) #

A Syrian refugee worker fixes a bicycle at his shop in the Zattari Syrian refugee camp near the city of Mafraq, Jordan, on March 24. (Jamal Nasrallah/EPA) #

Children push a cart with water containers along a damaged street in old Aleppo on March 11. The number of children affected by the civil war in Syria has more than doubled over the past year, with hundreds of thousands of young Syrians trapped in besieged parts of the country, the United Nations Children's Fund said. (Mahmoud Hebbo/Reuters) #

A Free Syrian Army fighter walks amid rubble as he holds a rocket launcher in Ashrafieh, Aleppo on March 13. (Hamid Khatib/Reuters) #

A rebel fighter checks a launcher near the village of Kasab and the border crossing with Turkey, in the northwestern province of Latakia, on March 23. Syrian rebels seized the village of Kasab and the border crossing with Turkey on March 24, an NGO said, as the regime launched fresh air strikes in a bid to halt the opposition advance. The crossing was the last functioning border post with Turkey to slip from regime control. (Amr Radwan al-Homsi/AFP/Getty Images) #

Opposition fighters help one of their wounded comrades during clashes with government forces in the Sheikh Najjar district on the outskirts of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on March 3. (Zein al-Rigai/AFP/Getty Images) #

A boy walks on rubble of damaged buildings at a site hit by what activists said was an airstrike by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo's district of al-Sukari on March 23. (Hosam Katan/Reuters) #

Smoke rises as people run at a site hit by what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Arbeen, in the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta on March 22. (Ammar al-Bushy/Reuters) #

Syrian youth sit next to a poster bearing the portrait of President Bashar al-Assad in the Dawwar al-Nuzha area of Homs on March 13. Assad has signed a new law regulating the entry of Arabs and foreigners into the war-torn country, newspapers said. (Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images) #

Rebel fighters members of the al-Sham Brigade (Liwa al-Sham) take part in a training session in the northeastern city of Deir Ezzor on March 25. Syria's opposition called for "sophisticated" arms at an Arab summit in Kuwait while Saudi Arabia said the military balance needed to change to "end the impasse" in Syria's civil war. (Ahmad Aboud/AFP/Getty Images) #

An elderly Syrian man and a child walk amidst debris in a residential block reportedly hit by an explosives-filled barrel dropped by a government forces helicopter on March 18 in Aleppo. (Baraa al-Halabi/AFP/Getty Images) H #

Men try to extricate a casualty from inside a damaged car after what activists said was an airstrike by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Al-Atareb, Aleppo countryside on March 26. (Abdalghne Karoof/Reuters) #

A Syrian women with blood on her face carries a child following a reported air strike by government forces on the northern city of Aleppo on March 15. In Aleppo, once Syria's commercial capital, the regime has retained the city's west, while advancing around the outskirts of the rebel-held east and securing and reopening the nearby airport. (Mohamad al-Tayb/AFP/Getty Images) #
 
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