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A fearful mother's anguish in Syria

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After months of protests and violent crackdowns, a look back at the violence that has overtaken the country.

A woman covers her face as she holds her daughter during an air strike by Syrian air force near her house in the Ahad neighborhood of Aleppo on Sept. 13, 2012. Syrian fighter jets and tanks pounded the northern city of Aleppo, an AFP journalist said, as witnesses reported rebels advancing into the key contested central Midan district.

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