Bashar al-Assad

TOPSHOTS A wounded Syrian child receives...TOPSHOTS A wounded Syrian child receives treatment at a makeshift hospital in the rebel held area of Douma, north east of the capital Damascus, after he was injured by a reported air strike fired by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad on January 21, 2015. Rebel-held towns such as Douma face frequent aerial and tank bombardment and the siege means food is scarce and medical facilities are ill-equipped to handle either illness or injury. AFP PHOTO / ABD DOUMANYABD DOUMANY/AFP/Getty Images

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A wounded Syrian child receives treatment at a makeshift hospital in the rebel held area of Douma, northeast of the capital Damascus, after he was injured by a reported air strike fired by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad 

A rebel fighter runs through dust towards an area damaged by what activists said were barrel bombs dropped by warplanes loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo's al-Shaar neighborhood November 6, 2014. REUTERS/Rami Zayat    REUTERS NEWS PICTURES HAS NOW MADE IT EASIER TO FIND THE BEST PHOTOS FROM THE MOST IMPORTANT STORIES AND TOP STANDALONES EACH DAY. Search for "TPX" in the IPTC Supplemental Category field or "IMAGES OF THE DAY" in the Caption field and you will find a selection of 80-100 of our daily Top Pictures.

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A rebel fighter runs through dust towards an area damaged by what activists said were barrel bombs dropped by warplanes loyal to Syria‘s President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo’s al-Shaar neighbuorhood. 

Residents inspect a damaged site after what activists say were four air strikes by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Douma, eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus...Residents inspect a damaged site after what activists say were four air strikes by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Douma, eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus September 24, 2014. Picture taken September 24, 2014.

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Residents inspect a damaged site after what activists say were four air strikes by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Douma, eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus

Free Syrian Army fighters hold their weapons during what activists said was a call for leaders of other military groups to start liberating the city of Hama from forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in northern Hama countryside...Free Syrian Army fighters hold their weapons during what activists said was a call for leaders of other military groups to start liberating the city of Hama from forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in northern Hama countryside June 9, 2014. Picture taken June 9, 2014. REUTERS/Badi Khlif

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Free Syrian Army fighters brandish their weapons in the countryside near Hama, during what activists said was a call for leaders of other military groups to start liberating the central Syrian city from forces loyal to president Bashar al-Assad 

A man holds a boy who survived what activists said was an air strike by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in al-Shaar neighbourhood of Aleppo June 2, 2014.

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A man holds a boy who survived what activists said was an airstrike by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, in the al-Shaar neighbourhood of Aleppo

Khaled al-Hariri A man takes a photo of his friend in front of a poster of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad at Umayyad Square in Damascus...A man takes a photo of his friend in front of a poster of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad at Umayyad Square in Damascus May 16, 2014. Syria is holding a presidential election for June 3, preparing the ground for Assad to defy widespread opposition and extend his grip on power, days after he said the civil war was turning in his favour. Opponents have dismissed the vote as a farce.   REUTERS/(SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)

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A man takes a photo of his friend in front of a poster of Syria‘s President Bashar al-Assad at Umayyad Square in Damascus 

Syrians wave flags and placards bearing ...Syrians wave flags and placards bearing portraits President Bashar al-Assad during a meeting gathering workers to support his candidacy in upcoming presidential elections on May 13, 2014 in the capital Damscus. The campaign for Syria's elections that started this week, has become a tribute to incumbent Bashar al-Assad, and in the streets of Damascus, residents have little doubt who will win the June poll. AFP PHOTO/ LOUAI BESHARALOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images

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Syrians wave flags and placards bearing portraits President Bashar al-Assad during a workers’ rally to support his candidacy in upcoming presidential elections in the capital Damascus 

Residents receive food aid at the besieged al-Yarmouk camp, south of Damascus, March 18, 2014, in this handout released by Syria's national news agency SANA. REUTERS/SANA/Handout via Reuters

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Residents receive food aid at the besieged al-Yarmouk camp, south of Damascus in this handout released by Syria‘s national news agency SANA. 

A Syrian man evacuates a child found in ...A Syrian man evacuates a child found in the rubble of a building reportedly hit by an explosives-filled barrel dropped by a government forces helicopter on March 18, 2014 in Aleppo. Iran's foreign minister that Tehran is "ready to help any logical attempts" to end the Syrian conflict, during a visit by UN-Arab League envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi. AFP PHOTO/KHALED KHATIBKHALED KHATIB/AFP/Getty Images

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A Syrian man evacuates a child found in the rubble of a building reportedly hit by an explosives-filled barrel dropped by a government forces helicopter in Aleppo. Iran’s foreign minister that Tehran is “ready to help any logical attempts” to end the Syrian conflict, during a visit by UN-Arab League envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi.

Syrian emergency personnel extinguish a ...Syrian emergency personnel extinguish a fire following a reported air strike by Syrian government forces on March 7, 2014 during the Friday prayer in the Sukkari neighborhood of the northern city of Aleppo. More than 140,000 people have been killed in Syria since the start of a March 2011 uprising against the Assad family's 40-year rule. AFP PHOTO / BARAA AL-HALABI BARAA AL-HALABI/AFP/Getty Images

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An emergency worker attempts to extinguish a fire following a reported air strike by Syrian government forces on Friday during prayers in the Sukkari neighbourhood of the northern city of Aleppo. More than 140,000 people have been killed in Syria since the start of the March 2011 uprising against the Assad family’s 40-year rule. 

A child is seen amid the rubble of damaged buildings in Aleppo...A child is seen amid the rubble of damaged buildings at a site hit by what activists said was a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Masaken Hanano in Aleppo February 13, 2014. REUTERS/Mahmoud Hebbo

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A child stands amid the rubble of damaged buildings at a site hit by what activists said was a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, in Masaken Hanano, Aleppo

Free Syrian Army fighters prepare mortar shells before launching them towards forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo...Free Syrian Army fighters prepare mortar shells before launching them towards forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo February 5, 2014. Picture taken February 5, 2014. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail

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Free Syrian Army fighters prepare mortar shells before launching them towards forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo 

   SYR29  Residents carry an injured man that survived shelling after what activists said was an air strike from forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Takeek Al-Bab area of Aleppo.

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Residents carry an injured man that survived shelling after what activists said was an air strike from forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in the Takeek Al-Bab area of Aleppo.

Free Syrian Army fighters in a building look up after hearing a MIG fighter jet in Deir al-Zor...Free Syrian Army fighters in a building look up after hearing a MIG fighter jet in Deir al-Zor October 14, 2013. Picture taken October 14, 2013. REUTERS/Khalil

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Free Syrian Army fighters listen to government fighter jets flying over their heads in Deir al-Zor, Syria

Syria's soccer squad warm up during training at Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore...Syria's soccer squad warm up during training at Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore October 14, 2013. Mentally scarred by the turmoil at home after two-and-half-years of civil war, Syria's national football team are hoping continued success on the pitch can give their compatriots small reason to cheer. Syria, who beat Iraq to win the West Asian Championships for the first time in December, take on Singapore on Tuesday in an Asian Cup qualifying match as they attempt to reach the finals of the region's premier tournament in Australia in 2015.  REUTERS/Edgar Su (SINGAPORE - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)

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Syria’s soccer team warm up during training at Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore. Syria, who beat Iraq to win the West Asian Championships for the first time in December, take on Singapore on Tuesday in an Asian Cup qualifying match as they attempt to reach the finals of the region’s premier tournament, to be held in Australia in 2015. 

A Free Syrian Army fighter stands inside a house holding his weapon in Deir al-Zor, eastern Syria...A Free Syrian Army fighter stands inside a house holding his weapon in Deir al-Zor, eastern Syria, October 3, 2013. Picture taken October 3, 2013.

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A fighter from the Free Syrian Army stands inside a rebel hideout in Deir al-Zor, eastern Syria.

In this Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013 photo, Syrian internally displaced children gather outside their temporary home at an abandoned land where they have taken shelter after fleeing their village that turned into a battlefield between government forces and Free Syrian Army fighters in Idlib province, northern Syria. Arabic on the wall reads, "hell of the revolutionaries or Bashar's heaven." (AP Photo)

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Syrian internally displaced children gather outside their temporary home at an abandoned land where they have taken shelter after fleeing their village that turned into a battlefield between government forces and Free Syrian Army fighters in Idlib province, northern Syria. Arabic on the wall reads, “hell of the revolutionaries or Bashar’s heaven.” 

A Syrian soldier is captured by Free Syrian Army fighters during what the FSA say is an offensive against forces loyal to Syria's President Assad, in Qobtan village in Aleppo...A Syrian soldier is captured by Free Syrian Army fighters during what the FSA say is an offensive against forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in Qobtan village in Aleppo August 22, 2013. REUTERS/Saad AboBrahim (SYRIA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT MILITARY)

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A suspected Syrian soldier is captured by Free Syrian Army fighters during what the FSA says is an offensive against forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, in Qobtan village in Aleppo on Thursday. 

A Syrian military soldier holds his Ak-47 with a sticker of Syrian President Bashar Assad and Arabic that reads, "Syria is fine," as he stands guard at a check point on Baghdad street, in Damascus, Syria, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013. Syrian opposition groups claimed scores have died on Wednesday in a government offensive near Damascus, attacks in which some activists say regime troops used "poisonous gas." The government denied the reports.

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A Syrian military soldier holds his Ak-47 rifle bearing a sticker with the smiling face of Bashar al-Assad, Syrian president, and Arabic writing that reads, “Syria is fine”, as he stands guard at a check point on a Baghdad street in Damascus, Syria. Opposition groups claimed scores died on Wednesday in a government offensive near Damascus, attacks in which some activists say regime troops used “poisonous gas”. The government has denied the reports

Man walks inside the damaged historical old souk of Homs...A man walks inside the damaged historical old souk of Homs August 19, 2013.

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A man walks inside the damaged historical old souk of Homs in Syria