02/03/2013 01:05 pm ET Updated Apr 05, 2013

World In Conflict (PHOTOS)

One month into 2013, conflicts around the world raged on without relief.

Rebel fighters battled the Assad regime in Syria; Taliban fought international forces in Afghanistan; France launched a military intervention in Mali; Radical Islamists held hundreds of foreigners hostage in a gas facility in the Algerian desert.

HuffPost photo editor Damon Scheleur selected the best images out of conflict zones since the start of 2013. Take a look at the mind-blowing pictures in the slideshow below.

World In Conflict (GRAPHIC PHOTOS)