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TUESDAY February 15, 2022: 'Syria's 'FOREVER WAR': Forgotten And Ignored' by ZUMA Press award winning DPA photographer Anas Alkharboutli: The Syrian civil war that has decimated the country for 11 years now, provoking a regional humanitarian crisis and drawing in actors ranging from the United States to Russia, appears to be drawing inexorably to a conclusion. President Bashar al-Assad, with the backing of Iran and Russia, seems to have emerged militarily victorious from the conflict, which began after his government violently repressed civilian protests in 2011. The fighting is not yet fully over, Idlib province is the last rebel stronghold and is home to about 3 million people, many of them internally displaced. It is regularly bombed by Syrian President Bashar Assad's government. Syria's decade-old conflict has killed nearly half a million people and displaced half the country's pre-war population of 23 million. Welcome to 'Syria's 'FOREVER WAR': Forgotten And Ignored'
© zReportage.com Story of the Week #826: TUESDAY February 15, 2022: 'Syria's 'FOREVER WAR': Forgotten And Ignored' by ZUMA Press award winning DPA photographer Anas Alkharboutli: The Syrian civil war that has decimated the country for 11 years now, provoking a regional humanitarian crisis and drawing in actors ranging from the United States to Russia, appears to be drawing inexorably to a conclusion. President Bashar al-Assad, with the backing of Iran and Russia, seems to have emerged militarily victorious from the conflict, which began after his government violently repressed civilian protests in 2011. The fighting is not yet fully over, Idlib province is the last rebel stronghold and is home to about 3 million people, many of them internally displaced. It is regularly bombed by Syrian President Bashar Assad's government. Syria's decade-old conflict has killed nearly half a million people and displaced half the country's pre-war population of 23 million. Welcome to 'Syria's 'FOREVER WAR': Forgotten And Ignored'
A teddy bear lies on the ground next to a wall stained with blood at the house where Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi, leader of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) terror group, died during an overnight raid by US special forces in Syria's Idlib province.
© Anas Alkharboutli/dpa via ZUMA Press
Men carry the body of a child who was killed in a raid by the US-led International Coalition in the town of Atmeh. According to local sources, at least 13 people, including four children, were killed in the counterterrorism operation led by US special forces.
© Anas Alkharboutli/dpa via ZUMA Press
Wreckage of an American helicopter that was blown up by the US special forces after facing mechanical issues and was no longer operational. The MH-60 Black Hawk chopper took part in a raid in the town of Atmeh that resulted in the death of ISIS leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi. US officials deny it crashed or was shot down.
© Anas Alkharboutli/dpa via ZUMA Press
A man carries the body of child killed in a missile attack on the village of Maaret Elnaasan. Six people were killed in the attack, including women and children, which was reportedly carried out by forces of the Syrian government.
© Anas Alkharboutli/dpa via ZUMA Press
Fighters from the armed Syrian opposition (the National Liberation Front) stand guard in trenches on the front lines with the areas controlled by the Syrian regime in the countryside of Latakia Governorate. The Syrian Civil War is an ongoing violent conflict in Syria between pro-democratic insurgents and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's long-standing dynastic regime.
© Anas Alkharboutli/dpa via ZUMA Press
A fighter from the armed Syrian opposition (the National Liberation Front) in camouflage and holding a sniper rifle, stands guard on the front lines with the areas controlled by the Syrian regime in the countryside of Latakia Governorate.
© Anas Alkharboutli/dpa via ZUMA Press
Soldiers with RPG's from the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army take part in a military exercise in the snow covered countryside of Aleppo governorate amid extreme winter weather.
© Anas Alkharboutli/dpa via ZUMA Press
A rooster stands on the top of a snow-covered tent in a camp for internally displaced Syrians near the city of Afrin in the northern countryside of Aleppo province. The refugee camps in the northern Syria are under threat of extreme winter weather following heavy rain and snowfall.
© Anas Alkharboutli/dpa via ZUMA Press
A Syrian displaced woman clears the snow from the top of her tent in a camp for internally displaced Syrians near the city of Afrin in the northern countryside of Aleppo province. The refugee camps in northern Syria are under threat of extreme winter weather following heavy rain and snowfall.
© Anas Alkharboutli/dpa via ZUMA Press
A distraught father holds his daughter while waiting for an ambulance to arrive after a heater fell on the child and burned her during heavy snowfall in a camp for internally displaced Syrians near Salqin. Harsh winter weather with heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures hit Syria, worsening the plight of thousands of Syrian refugees.
© Anas Alkharboutli/dpa via ZUMA Press
A man cries after receiving the news of the death of one of his relatives as a result of the artillery shelling that targeted a house in Idlib. According to a war monitor, at least four civilians were killed in the attack, allegedly carried out by forces of the Syrian government, on the Zawiya Mountain area, which comprises a number of villages.
© Anas Alkharboutli/dpa via ZUMA Press
A medic attends to a child with multiple injuries at the Syrian American Medical Society hospital (SAMS) in Ariha after he was injured in a missile shelling, allegedly carried out by Syrian government forces. At least 10 people were killed in the attack while dozens of others were injured.
© Anas Alkharboutli/dpa via ZUMA Press
Hands crossed on her waist, the body of a young girl at a morgue after she was killed in a missile shelling in Ariha, allegedly carried out by Syrian government forces. At least 10 people were killed in the attack while dozens others were injured.
© Anas Alkharboutli/dpa via ZUMA Press
Syrians bury the bodies of the victims of an aerial bombardment, carried out by Russian warplanes on the Broma village in Idlib Governorate. At least five civilians, including three children were killed after airstrikes on a rebel stronghold in Syria, a monitoring group reported.
© Anas Alkharboutli/dpa via ZUMA Press
KHALED IBRAHIM, 58, and his children clean the rubble from their house in Ariha, which was destroyed after it was hit earlier in the day during a missile shelling, allegedly carried out by Syrian government forces. Several people were killed in the attack while dozens others were injured.
© Anas Alkharboutli/dpa via ZUMA Press
A Syrian worker shows freshly harvested pomegranate before making molasses in the Al-Alani village on the Syrian-Turkish border near Idlib province, which is famous for pomegranate cultivation.
© Anas Alkharboutli/dpa via ZUMA Press
A Syrian worker harvests pomegranate at a field in the Al-Alani village on the Syrian-Turkish border near Idlib, The province is historically famous for pomegranate cultivation.
© Anas Alkharboutli/dpa via ZUMA Press
A worker examines oyster mushrooms which were picked from ''Al-Amal'' farm in the countryside of Aleppo Governorate. The farm produces 300kg per week of mushrooms, and each 1 kg is sold for 1.35 US dollars. Local people purchase it as a food alternative to meat due to its low price.
© Anas Alkharboutli/dpa via ZUMA Press
A Syrian worker arranges soap bars made of olive derivatives in a soap factory in the City of Afrin. Syria's Aleppo region is known for its soap made from olive oil. The decade-long war had disrupted production, but some factories have since been able to open their operations.
© Anas Alkharboutli/dpa via ZUMA Press
Syrian refugee men work on making wood burning fireplaces for the needy living the camps of the internally displaced people (IDP), as harsh winter approaches in the town of Atma.
© Anas Alkharboutli/dpa via ZUMA Press
Syrians suffering from visual impairment take part in a blind soccer match organized by the Shafak NGO on the occasion of the International Day of Disabled Persons.
© Anas Alkharboutli/dpa via ZUMA Press
AZIZ AL-ASMAR, a Syrian painter from the city of Binnish, creates a mural depicting German Chancellor Angela Merkel with a farewell and thanking note, inside a war damaged building in Idlib.
© Anas Alkharboutli/dpa via ZUMA Press
Children cheer with balloons to support runners during a marathon for Orphans in the city of Idlib. More than 200 orphans took part in the marathon which was organized by the 'Little Hearts' foundation for free education and care for orphans.
© Anas Alkharboutli/dpa via ZUMA Press
Syrian displaced children searching for recyclable waste such as plastic and scrap metal at a landfill near Bab al-Hawa border crossing. Some residents and children of Idlib Province collect and trade recyclable items from the landfills to earn their living and cope with the dire consequences of the war.
© Anas Alkharboutli/dpa via ZUMA Press
A Syrian refugee boy flies a pigeon near tents of the sprawling camp for internally displaced people (IDP) in the town of Atma.
© Anas Alkharboutli/dpa via ZUMA Press
Students start school work in Afes town school at the beginning of the school year in Idlib Governorate, despite the poor conditions due to an air raid that hit and partially destroyed the school in 2019.
© Anas Alkharboutli/dpa via ZUMA Press
A child holding a notebook and wearing a USA stars and stripes sweater attends a classroom inside a tent at a camp for internally displaced Syrians in the village of Killi amid cold winter conditions.
© Anas Alkharboutli/dpa via ZUMA Press
Blind students stand outside their classroom with their white canes at the Sighted Hearts School for the blind in Idlib City. The school provides 70 males and females, with ages ranging from 07 to 20 years, with skills such as using the Braille writing system.
© Anas Alkharboutli/dpa via ZUMA Press
Anas Alkharboutli

Anas Alkharboutli, born in 1992, studied Engineering at Damascus University before he began his career as a photojournalist in 2015. He is a permanent witness and chronicler of the war and the resulting humanitarian disaster. Anas, a Syrian photographer working for dpa, won the 27th Prix Bayeux Calvados-Normandy Award for War Correspondents' Young Reporter Trophy. His images are available through ZUMA Press.:826



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