August 14th, 2013
10:48 AM ET

Syria devastation unfolds before our eyes

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The images in the video aren’t an ominous movie clip of an incoming UFO. You're looking at the city of Aleppo in Syria. Watch what happens as you drag the bar to the right. These extraordinary before and after satellite images released by Amnesty International last week show changes to the city in just 12 months.

One thousand roadblocks are scattered throughout and the extent of the devastation is truly vast. After 12 months of bombardments, hundreds of homes and businesses are reduced to smoldering rubble.

These pictures illustrate not only death and destruction, but the loss of cultural treasures as well. You can see the minaret of the Great Umayyad Mosque of Aleppo, which dates back to 1090 A.D. It was completely destroyed in April. The economy is collapsing too, of course. The only construction that is taking place – makeshift camps for internationally displaced people along the Turkish border.

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  1. Elena Chera

    I'm very sorry for the population, which in this war Syria miserable they are innocent, Bashar al-Assad who is known worldwide for a president who came to power after the death of his father to maintain power, mass killing of Syria's population this which is supported by Russian dictator arms, like other presidents from Arab countries who were changed by culling the population is difficult to define as he can hold out, all the buildings in Syria to build but the people who died? Umayyad Mosque is very old and valuable, there are National Heritage circuit sincerely regret a priceless masterpiece

    August 14, 2013 at 12:28 pm | Reply
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Come on Elena, don't you think that the right-wing thugs in Washington are at lease partially responsible for this mess? Don't forget that it's both the EU and the Arab League that are arming these self-styled "liberators" who seek to reduce Syria to another U.S. satellite state in the Middle East in order to gain power! Please Elena, do wise up!

      August 14, 2013 at 1:20 pm | Reply
      • Ferhat Balkan

        Joseph, don't forget that it's Russia and Iran arming the Assad regime along with the terrorist group Hezbollah. And why do you think they do that? Is it not because they want to gain power? Take a look at the 500.000 refugees and tens of thousands civilians killed and tell me Assad is doing the right thing. When you have a minority ruling over a majority with an iron grip of dictatorship, you know it'll never end well. But thanks to Russia and Iran, things are only going to get worse.

        August 14, 2013 at 7:50 pm |
      • USMC1369

        Tell me Ferhat, just how many mercenaries and thugs are the Russians and Iranians paying to fight in Syria's civil war? Zero while the U.S., the EU and the Arab League are shelling out millions, if not billions of dollars to prop up these self-styled "liberators" . It's both the U.S. and the EU who are aggravating the situation in Syria and not the Russians or the Iranians!

        August 15, 2013 at 8:43 am |
      • EVN

        What a tired tune. Regardless of what happens anywhere in the middle east it is somehow the fault of ____________ (pick one: the U.S., Israel, both). And then there are those wearing light proof blinders who fail to see (or acknowledge because it doesn't suit their cause) the hand of the Russians supporting Assad, or that others like Iran and its proxies have their own agenda to advance. And it all comes at the expense of the innocents in Syria who are just trying to live.

        August 20, 2013 at 8:14 am |
      • xy

        Thank you Joseph and USMC1369 for your comments, totally true.

        August 21, 2013 at 6:53 am |
      • Mike7

        I believe that people are responsible for what THEY do. There is too much finding fault with others these days to obscure the fault that is in the perpertrator.

        What happened to the REAL MEN of the world (e.g Ronald Regan) that stood for what they believed in.

        September 2, 2013 at 7:06 am |
      • Elena Chera

        I apologize for not having replied to this comment from Joseph McCarthy because I was very busy in this "game" with Syria believe that many countries are involved each with its interests can not deny that Washington is not involved because Israel argues that a short time ago attacked Syria terrorism Israeli minister recently made ​​a visit to Washington, but in this game sure is dirty and Russia involved the interests of these countries only affects civilians are killed and decimated and starving , I'm really sorry about this political game more, thank

        November 15, 2013 at 10:05 am |
    • LeRoy Johnson

      I agree, Elena.

      Putin is a FILTHY PIG.

      August 16, 2013 at 10:50 pm | Reply
  2. j. von hettlingen

    Syria covers an area that has seen invasions and occupations over the ages, from Romans and Mongols to Crusaders and Turks. Under Ottoman rule it was the centre of the Islamic Empire and had been able to preserve remnants of past civilisations. Indeed it's very sad! Moreover nobody knows how Syria will emerge – intact – from this civil war! A breakup of the country is the most likelier scenario.

    August 15, 2013 at 8:49 am | Reply
  3. ed

    let them fight it out...leave them alone.

    August 16, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Reply
  4. Dr. Jason M. Kassa

    what is the endgame here ?

    regime change seems to entail a high degree of escalation.

    August 17, 2013 at 10:54 pm | Reply
  5. jose gonzalez

    jose gonzalez
    its sad how after 12 months hundreds of homes and businesses are reduced to smoldering rubble.

    August 22, 2013 at 12:34 am | Reply
  6. Pren

    What the war brings people are just pain and sorrow. Why they just keep hurting each other

    August 22, 2013 at 1:12 am | Reply

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