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A brief, quiet moment in Syria

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A member of the Free Syrian Army holds his weapon as he sits on a sofa in the middle of a street in Deir al-Zor on April 2.

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A bust of late Syrian President Hafez al-Assad, father of the current president Bashar al-Assad, is seen hung at a broken window of a building in Deir al-Zor on April 2.

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A look back at the conflict that has overtaken the country.

Reuters: - March was the bloodiest month yet in Syria's two-year conflict, with more than 6,000 people killed, a third of them civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Monday.

The group opposes President Bashar al-Assad but has monitored human rights violations on both sides of a revolt that began as peaceful protests but is now a brutal war between forces loyal to Assad and an array of rebel militias. Continue reading