Syrian Planes Bomb Damascus

    In this Friday, Oct. 26, 2012 photo, a mosque minaret still stands amid rubble from damaged buildings after an aircraft strike hit the mosque one week ago in the Tarik Al-Bab neighborhood, southeast of Aleppo, Syria. Activists say Syrian troops have shelled rebel-held areas and clashed with anti-government gunmen in several parts of the country despite an internationally mediated cease-fire. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Coordination Committees report shelling and shooting mostly in the northern province of Aleppo, the eastern region of Deir el-Zour, Daraa to the south and suburbs of the capital Damascus. (AP Photo/Narciso Contreras)

    Narciso Contreras / AP Photo

    There was never any truce. Warplanes from Bashar al-Assad’s military swept over a Damascus suburb on the final day of what was supposed to be a holiday truce—though neither side kept up their end of the bargain. Proposed by international envoy Lakhdar Brahimi and intended to extend over a long weekend in honor of the al-Adha holiday, the truce was broken by both pro- and anti-Assad forces. The bombing of a rebel stronghold Monday finished off any hope for a respite in the Syrian bloodshed.

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