A Turkish protestor holds a banner during a demonstration against the government of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad at Beyazit Square in Istanbul.
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The Vietnam War marked a change for the world of journalism. Before the Cold War-era military conflict, war reporting attempted to form enthusiastic stories to incite encouragement while the true brutality of war was never brought to the public eye. However the raw, unforgiving reporting as well as the graphic images that came out of the front lines of the Vietnam war did more than sway public opinion — it helped end the war.
Syria’s catastrophic revolution has become a massive humanitarian crisis. Brutality is an everyday ordeal in the country that has been involved in a civil war that has pit government forces against rebel fighters. An approximate 100,000 people have died in clashes, with 3,000 dying each month. To really understand the deep tragedy of the Syrian civil war, one cannot simply look at numbers or approximations. Below are photos taken in the front lines in Syria, where men, women and children are hopelessly losing their lives while there seems to be no imminent resolution in sight.
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Syrian men search for their relatives amongst the bodies of civilians executed and dumped in the Quweiq river, in the grounds of the courtyard of the Yarmouk School, in the Bustan al-Qasr district of Aleppo. (JM LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Neighbors and relatives carry the coffin of 20-year-old rebel of the Free Syria Army (FSA) during his funeral. (AFP/GettyImages)
The body of a Syrian child is pulled from rubble after an aerial bombardment from government forces in Aleppo. (SAM TARLING/AFP/GettyImages)
Syrian government forces stand over the dead body of an alleged Turkish fighter killed in Aleppo. The majority of those killed in the conflict have been civilians, have been killed in Syria according to the Britain-based monitor. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Residents evacuate a wounded woman to hospital after car bombs exploded on May 11, 2013 near the town hall in Reyhanli, just a few kilometers from the main border crossing into Syria, killing four people and wounded another 18, according to an initial toll. Two explosive-laden cars blew up in a small Turkish town near the volatile border with Syria on Saturday, killing 13 people. (AFP/Getty Images)
Rescue teams and security forces inspect the scene of a deadly car bomb explosion which rocked central Damascus The blast, which was followed by intense gunfire, occurred near the Syrian central bank causing deaths and injuries, according to Syria’s state television. (LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images)
Syrian protestors help a man who was injured after an argument with a fellow demonstrator during a rally to mark second anniversary of the Syrian conflict Syria’s protesters took to the streets across flashpoint areas, chanting slogans against President al-Assad. (JM LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
The body of civilian executed and dumped in the Quweiq river lies in the grounds of the courtyard of the local school. (JM LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Syrian men inspect the scene of a car bomb explosion in Jaramana, a mainly Christian and Druze suburb of Damascus. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Onlookers and security forces gather around the bodies of three alleged suicide bombers who were dressed in Syrian army forces’ outfits as they were trying to detonate explosives near a military officers’ club and a hotel, according to the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency. (AFP/Getty Images)
The bodies of men killed during clashes between Syrian rebel fighters and goverment forces are seen lying on the road in Syria’s restive northern city of Aleppo (BULENT KILIC/AFP/GettyImages)
Charred bodies are trapped inside a destroyed vehicle at the scene of a deadly car bomb explosion which rocked central Damascus. (LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images)