In a conflict dragging on into its twentieth violent month, today was an especially deadly day in Syria, where rebels are fighting the government of Bashar al-Assad. A pair of car bombs exploded, one in Hama and one in Damascus, and both sides claimed wildly different casualty totals. Intense shelling of rebel positions served as counterpoint. But even an especially deadly day here makes it just one of many in the conflict that has claimed as many as 35,000 victims since it began with street protests on March 15, 2011. Over a quarter of a million refugees have fled to Syria's neighbors, and the UN puts the number of internally displaced at over a million. Gathered here are images from the last month in the Mediterranean country of 22 million.
A rebel fighter signals victory after he fires a shoulder-fired missile toward a building where Syrian troops loyal to President Bashar Assad were hiding while they attempt to gain terrain against the rebels during heavy clashes in the Jedida district of Aleppo, Syria on November 4, 2012.. The uprising against Assad started with peaceful demonstrations in March last year, but has since morphed into a bloody civil war. Activists say more than 36,000 people have been killed in 19 months of fighting. (Narciso Contreras/Associated Press)
Buildings in besieged Homs slump following shelling on October 7, 2012. (Shaam News Network/AFP)
A father of a man killed by Syrian government forces mourns at the morgue in Aleppo on October 23, 2012. (Fabio Bucciarelli/AFP/Getty Images)
A family member squeezes oxygen into the lungs of an eight-year-old girl who was fatally wounded by a the machine gun of a Syrian government jet in the Karm al-Aser neighborhood of eastern Aleppo on October 31, 2012. The unprecedented surge in air strikes carried out by Syrian forces this week is a desperate attempt by President Bashar al-Assad's regime to reverse recent gains by rebel fighters, analysts and rebels say. (Javier Manzano/AFP/Getty Images)
Kamal, the father of an eight-year-old girl who was fatally wounded along with his son Hamed (sitting at left on background), cries while being treated in a local hospital in a rebel-controlled area of Aleppo on October 31, 2012. (Javier Manzano/AFP/Getty Images)
A Syrian rebel fighter aims fire through a hole in the wall that overlooks a position held by loyalist troops in the Citadel of Aleppo's Old City on October 28, 2012. (Javier Manzano/AFP/Getty Images)