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Syrian government troops take position in a heavily damaged area in... News PhotoAleppo,Armed Forces,Army,Army Soldier,City,Civil War,Conflict,Crisis,Damaged,Destruction,General View,Geographical Locations,Government,Horizontal,Middle East,Old Town,Politics,Position,Rebellion,Syria,Syrian Civil War,WarPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPSyrian government troops take position in a heavily damaged area in the old city of Aleppo in northern Syria on January 12, 2013. Syrian rebels overran Taftanaz airbase in northern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, in a significant advance, as talks between the UN peace envoy and US and Russian officials failed to make headway on ending the conflict. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)