How Three Months of War Transformed One of Syria's Largest Cities

Pulitzer Prize winning photographs—and the on again, off again Internet—have given us a few peeks into the turmoil of the bloody conflict in Syria. But new satellite photos released by Amnesty International visualize the literal destruction.

Aleppo, Syria's largest city, traces its roots back as far as 5000 BC. But in the past year, pro-government forces have targeted the city with repeated ballistic missile strikes that are ravaging the city's infrastructure, and have—to date—displaced about half its population. That sounds bad, but the images really drive home in harrowing detail exactly how bad it really is. The shots highlight three different neighborhoods, each with its own bullseye of rubble.

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It just goes to show that no matter how many times you try to shut off the Internet, you can't hide this kind of wanton destruction forever. [Amnesty International]

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I keep seeing the term "ballistic missile" in the media lately with regard to Syria's attacks on the rebels, and I find it a bit inflammatory and misleading, as if they're firing mini-ICBMs or something. Any "missile", if I understand correctly, even if it's a stone thrown from someone's hand, is a "ballistic" missile if it follows a ballistic arc. Does anyone have any idea why the term is being used more and more with regard to this conflict? It just seems like a bit of a dog-whistle to me. A missile dog-whistle, if you will.