Staggering satellite images show devastation Syrian civil war has had on country

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Staggering satellite images show devastation Syrian civil war has had on country
ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, JORDAN -DECEMBER 13, 2012 : This is a satellite image showing the expansion of the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan, just across the border from Syria. (Photo DigitalGlobe via Getty Images)
ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, JORDAN - JANUARY 3, 2013 : This is a satellite image showing the expansion of the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan, just across the border from Syria. (Photo DigitalGlobe via Getty Images)
ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, JORDAN - FEBRUARY 26, 2013: This is a satellite image showing the expansion of the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan, just across the border from Syria. (Photo DigitalGlobe via Getty Images)
DURA EUROPOS, SYRIA - JUNE 29, 2012: Before the looting began. This unique Classical-period site, founded in the 3rd century BC and occupied until the 3rd century AD, demonstrates the diversity of the ancient Middle East. One of the worlds earliest churches was discovered here, as was one of the oldest preserved synagogues and numerous temples devoted to polytheistic deities. (Photo DigitalGlobe/Getty Images)
DURA EUROPOS, SYRIA - APRIL 14, 2014: This DigitalGlobe satellite image documents the scale of destruction that looters continue to inflict on archaeological heritage sites during the ongoing conflict in Syria. This important site of approximately 150 acres is now covered by looters pits. (Photo DigitalGlobe/Getty Images)
REFUGEES, TUNISIAN, SYRIA - AUGUST 17, 2013: This is a satellite image of thousands of Syrian refugees crossing a bridge over the Tigris River into northern Iraq. (Photo DigitalGlobe via Getty Images)
REFUGEES, SALEMEH, SYRIA - AUGUST 16, 2013: This is a satellite image of a border crossing in Syria were refugees are trying to leave the country. (Photo DigitalGlobe via Getty Images)
ALEPPO, SYRIA - SEPTEMBER 9, 2012: This DigitalGlobe overview satellite image of Aleppo, Syria contains analysis from the American Association for the Advancement of Science that shows the proliferation of roadblocks within the city, with 1,171 roadblocks visible on 26 May 2013. (Photo DigitalGlobe/AAAS via Getty Images)
ALEPPO, SYRIA - SEPTEMBER 9, 2012: This DigitalGlobe overview satellite image of Aleppo, Syria contains analysis from the American Association for the Advancement of Science that shows 371 roadblocks present in the city on 9 September 2012. (Photo DigitalGlobe/AAAS via Getty Images)
THE CITADEL, ALEPPO, SYRIA - MAY 26, 2013: This is a satellite image of The Citadel, Aleppo, Syria collected on May 26, 2013. (Photo DigitalGlobe via Getty Images)

July 2014

Ministry of Justice building damaged (red arrow), as well as Khusriwiye Mosque (green arrow). Carlton Citadel Hotel (blue arrow) completely destroyed.

(DigitalGlobe/AAS)

August 2014

Khusriwiye Mosque almost completely demolished (green arrow), Grand Serail heavily damaged (orange arrow) and dome of the Hammam Yalbougha an-Nasry destroyed (purple arrow). 

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By RYAN GORMAN

A series of satellite images from Syria have shown the devastating toll a prolonged civil war has had on the country.

The pictures show the expansion of refugee camps, looting of world heritage sites, people fleeing towns and even the extent of roadblocks in place since insurgents began waging war on the Assad regime in 2011.

The collection of images was first flagged by Mic News.

The first couple of pictures shows the rapid expansion in 2012 of the Zaatari Refugee Camp, just over the border in Jordan.

What started as a small blip on the map has exploded into a burgeoning city of the homeless, or people fleeing oppression at the hands of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Other images show pits that experts believe are evidence of the world's oldest churches and synagogues being robbed of riches.

Another image shows the dramatic evacuation of thousands across the Tigris River into Iraq, which is also in the throes of a war against ISIS.

Maps with a nearly uncountable number of red dots shows the road blocks set up around the hotly contested city of Aleppo.

The satellite image with a large circle shows The Citadel, an enormous medieval fortress in Aleppo. Subsequent images with arrows show the damage caused by government air strikes.

Hotels, mosques and other important structures at the UNESCO World Heritage Site have been wiped off the map.

Syria's civil war has shown no signs of ending. And Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad has shown no real motivation to oust ISIS from its base in the northern city Raqqa.

More scenes of devastation are sure to come from the war-torn country.

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