What is Aleppo? This is Aleppo.

Earlier today, the Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson was asked by journalist Mike Barnicle “What would you do, if you were elected, about Aleppo?” Johnson  replied with his own question: "What is Aleppo?" Aleppo is Syria's largest city, an urban battlefield in the brutal Syrian Civil War since 2012. Reporters and photojournalists have been covering the conflict for years, documenting the belligerents as well as the tragic circumstances of those civilians caught up in the multifaceted war. When Barnicle asked “What would you do about Aleppo?” he was asking what would the candidate do to stop the horrors made visible to us by the photojournalists below. (Thanks to Corinne Perkins for the title and idea.) Editor’s note: Many of the following images are graphic in nature. [15 photos total]

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Residents run from a fire at a gasoline and oil shop in Aleppo's Bustan Al-Qasr neighbourhood October 20, 2013. Witnesses said the fire was caused by a bullet fired by a sniper loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad at the Karaj al-Hajez crossing, a passageway separating Aleppo's Bustan al-Qasr, which is under the rebels' control and Al-Masharqa neighborhood, an area controlled by the regime. (Haleem Al-Halabi / Reuters) #
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A woman and her baby are seen through the scope of an opposition fighter sniper gun, as she flees the Saif al-Dawla neighborhood of the Syrian northern city of Aleppo, amid heavy street fighting on August 29, 2012. (Zac Baillie / AFP / Getty) #
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A Syrian Air Force fighter jet launches missiles at El Edaa district in Syria's northwestern city of Aleppo on September 1, 2012. (Youssef Boudlal / Reuters) #
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Smoke billows following the detonation of explosives placed by Syrian government forces inside a tunnel that was reportedly used by rebels in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on May 19, 2015. (George Ourfalian / AFP / Getty) #
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A damaged street with sandbags used as barriers in Aleppo's Saif al-Dawla district on March 6, 2015. (Hosam Katan / Reuters) #
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A wounded woman still in shock leaves Dar El Shifa hospital in Aleppo, Syria, on September 20, 2012. (Manu Brabo / AP) #
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Debris cover a street and flames rise from a building following a reported air strike by Syrian government forces on March 7, 2014 during the Friday prayer in the Sukkari neighborhood of the northern city of Aleppo. (Baraa Al-Halabi / AFP / Getty) #
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People inspect damage at a site hit by what activists said were barrel bombs dropped by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo's district of al-Sukari on March 7, 2014. (Hosam Katan / Reuters) #
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Civilians walk near upright buses barricading a street, which serve as protection from snipers loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in Aleppo's rebel-controlled Bustan al-Qasr neighborhood on March 21, 2015. (Ammar Abdullah / Reuters) #
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A fighter with the Free Syria Army (FSA) fires his weapon during heavy clashes with government forces in Izza neighbourhood of the embattled northern city of Aleppo on September 9, 2012. (Zac Baillie / AFP / Getty) #
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A helicopter loyal to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad throws what activists say is an explosive barrel, in Al-Shaar area in Aleppo on February 1, 2014. (Mohamed Mounzer Masri / Saad AboBrahim / Reuters) #
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Smoke billows following air strikes by regime forces on rebel positions during intense fighting in Aleppo on August 18, 2016. (George Ourfalian / AFP / Getty) #
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Girls who survived what activists said was a ground-to-ground missile attack by forces of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, hold hands at Aleppo's Bab al-Hadeed district on April 7, 2015. (Abdalrhman Ismail / Reuters) #
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Syrians walk past heavily damaged buildings in the neighbourhood of Bani Zeid, on Aleppo's northern outskirts on July 29, 2016, as people come back to the previously rebel-held district, a day after Syrian government forces took control of it. (George Ourfalian / AFP / Getty) #
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A Syrian boy suffering from breathing difficulties is treated at a make-shift hospital in Aleppo after regime helicopters dropped barrel bombs on the rebel-held Sukkari neighborhood of the northern Syrian city on September 6, 2016. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the bombs hit the Sukkari neighborhood and that more than 70 people "most of them civilians" were treated for choking symptoms. (Thaer Mohammed / AFP / Getty) #

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