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Buildings are seen damaged by Syrian government airstrikes and shelling, in the Salah al-Din neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria, July 9, 2013. Syria is entering its third year of a war that began as an uprising against the rule of President Bashar Assad. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center AMC)

Buildings are seen damaged by Syrian government airstrikes and shelling, in the Salah al-Din neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria, July 9, 2013. Syria is entering its third year of a war that began as an uprising against the rule of President Bashar Assad. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center AMC)

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