This Is What the World’s Bloodiest War Looks Like #2

A photo a day from the Syrian civil war

This Is What the World’s Bloodiest War Looks Like #2 This Is What the World’s Bloodiest War Looks Like #2

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Thomas Hammond photo This Is What the World’s Bloodiest War Looks Like #2 A photo a day from the Syrian civil war Thirty months.... This Is What the World’s Bloodiest War Looks Like #2
Thomas Hammond photo

This Is What the World’s Bloodiest War Looks Like #2

A photo a day from the Syrian civil war

Thirty months. More than 100,000 dead. Millions displaced. The Syrian civil war is by far the bloodiest war in all the world today—and it could only get worse as the political, economic, humanitarian and sectarian crises it has spawned spill into neighboring countries.

I’ve come to the Middle East with fellow reporter Mitch Swenson and photographer Thomas Hammond to document the worst war in the world. In the city of Tripoli in northern Lebanon, we visited the Sunni Al Taqwa mosque—the target of a recent, horrific car-bombing that killed more than 40 people including several children.

Lebanese authorities arrested five men in connection with bombing, including pro-Syrian clerics whose faith and politics put them at odds with Al Taqwa. Sectarian divisions in Tripoli run deep, pitting Sunnis versus Alawites originally from Syria.

Already strong supporters of Syrian rebels, the mosque’s Sunni worshipers are now even more determined to do their part to overthrow Syrian Pres. Bashar Al Assad, an Alawite. Thomas photographed men collecting money to send the rebel Free Syrian Army. Plastered outside the damaged mosque: posters celebrating local men killed fighting in Syria.