Throughout the majority of the conflict in Syria, gun battles, shellings and bombings have taken place in Syria's smaller cities. However, after days of clashes in Damascus following a suicide blast that left four of Syrian President Bashar Assad's closest advisers dead, the battles have shifted to Aleppo, Syria's largest city.

With a population of 2.5 million, Aleppo presents a strategic and psychological fulcrum for both the Assad regime and opposition rebels. However the dust settles in Aleppo may turn the civil war that's tearing Syria apart.

Below are photos from the last week in Aleppo. High-resolution photos of the conflict are often difficult to come by, and the aimed rifles, anguished families and war-weary faces in these pictures provide a rare look at the conflict.

WARNING: Photos contain graphic content.

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  • Holding up the the first flag of the Baath Party regime, adopted by the Revolutionary Command Council (RCC), Syrians protest in the Shaar neighborhood of Aleppo during the funeral of a man allegedly killed in the bombardment of Sukari, southwest of the restive city, on July 27, 2012. (AFP/GettyImages)

  • Syrians protest in the Shaar neighborhood of Aleppo during the funeral of a man allegedly killed in the bombardment of Sukari, southwest of the restive city, on July 27, 2012. (Pierre Torres/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Syrian people leave the city center after shelling by Syrian government forces in the center of Syria's restive northern city of Aleppo late on July 26, 2012. (BULENT KILIC/AFP/GettyImages)

  • The bodies of men killed during clashes between Syrian rebel fighters and goverment forces are seen lying on the road in Syria's restive northern city of Aleppo on July 26, 2012. (BULENT KILIC/AFP/GettyImages)

  • A man who was wounded on his foot is helped after he was hurt during shelling by Syrian government forces in the center of Syria's northern city of Aleppo late on July 25, 2012. (BULENT KILIC/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Syrian opposition fighters deatain a man (C) accused of working for the regime after the take over of the Shaar district police station in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on July 25, 2012. (Pierre Torres/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Opposition fighters prepare home-made firebombs in the northern Syrian city of of Aleppo where rebel forces overran the Shaar district policestation on July 25, 2012. (Pierre Torres/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Free Syrian Army opposition fighters battle government security forces during the siege of the Shaar district police station in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo which was later overrun by the rebel forces on July 25, 2012. (Pierre Torres/AFP/GettyImages)

  • A masked opposition fighter poses inside the Shaar district police station in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo after it was overrun by Free Syrian Army forces on July 25, 2012. (Pierre Torres/AFP/GettyImages)

  • A Syrian man carries badly wounded five-year-old Mohammed Amumrej after he was hurt during shelling by Syrian government forces in the center of Syria's restive northern city of Aleppo late on July 25, 2012. (BULENT KILIC/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Free Syrian Army opposition fighters detain policemen after overrunning the Shaar district police station in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on July 25, 2012. (Pierre Torres/AFP/GettyImages)

  • A Free Syrian Army fighter looks out from the window of the burnt Shaar district police station in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo after it was overrun by rebel fighters on July 25, 2012. (Pierre Torres/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Free Syria Army opposition fighters guard a group of detained policemen standing against the burnt police station's wall with their hands up after overrunning the Shaar district police post in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on July 25, 2012. (Pierre Torres/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Free Syrian Army fighters detain a wounded policeman after overrunning the Shaar district police station in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on July 25, 2012. (Pierre Torres/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Family and friends mourn over the body of Usame Mircan, who was allegedly killed by a Syrian government sniper, in the center of Syria's restive northern city of Aleppo on July 25, 2012. (BULENT KILIC/AFP/GettyImages)

  • A fighter from the Syrian opposition, guards a checkpoint during clashes with forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, in the center of Syria's restive northern city of Aleppo on July 25, 2012. (BULENT KILIC/AFP/GettyImages)

  • A fighter from the Syrian opposition aims fire during clashes with forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, in the center of Syria's restive northern city of Aleppo on July 25, 2012. (BULENT KILIC/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Syrian civilians take cover as fighters from the Syrian opposition clash with forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, in the center of Syria's restive northern city of Aleppo on July 25, 2012. (BULENT KILIC/AFP/GettyImages)

  • A fighter from the Syrian opposition shoots using a sniper during clashes with forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, in the center of Syria's restive northern city of Aleppo on July 25, 2012. (BULENT KILIC/AFP/GettyImages)

  • A fighter with the Syrian opposition rests in a former primary school in the center of Syria's restive northern city of Aleppo on July 25, 2012. (BULENT KILIC/AFP/GettyImages)

  • A fighter from the Syrian opposition holds a Koran, Islam's holy book, and a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG), as other rebels rest in a former primary school in the centre of Syria's restive northern city of Aleppo on July 25, 2012. (BULENT KILIC/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Fighters from the Syrian opposition rest in a former primary school in the center of Syria's restive northern city of Aleppo on July 25, 2012. (BULENT KILIC/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Syrian rebels break their fast with the 'iftar' meal during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan in the northern city of Aleppo on July 24, 2012. (BULENT KILIC/AFP/GettyImages)

  • A Syrian rebel takes a nap after a night of clashes with government troops in the northern city of Aleppo on July 24, 2012. (BULENT KILIC/AFP/GettyImages)

  • A vandalised poster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad lies in a trash container in the northern city of Aleppo on July 24, 2012. (BULENT KILIC/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Syrian rebels sleep following clashes with government troops in the northern city of Aleppo on July 24, 2012. (BULENT KILIC/AFP/GettyImages)

  • A Syrian boy plays outside his house in the northern city of Aleppo on July 24, 2012. (BULENT KILIC/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Syrian rebels man a checkpoint in the northern city of Aleppo on July 24, 2012. (BULENT KILIC/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Syrians walk past a poster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad lying on a pile of garbage in the northern city of Aleppo on July 24, 2012. (BULENT KILIC/AFP/GettyImages)

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