Syria's suffering

The human cost of a savage civil war is becoming increasingly unbearable

By STEVEN SOTLOFF ALEPPO
February 6, 2013 12:50
Damaged buildings in Daraya near Damascus

Damaged buildings in Daraya near Damascus 370. (photo credit: reuters)

 
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