War rages across Syria in the ongoing battle for control of the country. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
--STORY CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES -- A scramble for signs of life in a country engulfed in the fog of war. Amateur video which can not be independently verified by Reuters shows chaotic scenes in Syria in the aftermath of an attack. Hospitals are flooded with wounded. This is a war that has already claimed the lives of more than 170,000 people. In the battle for control of the country Forces loyal to President Bashar al Assad now control most of Damascus, along with the main highway from the capital through to Homs and the western Mediterranean coast. Opposition fighters, including a powerful al Qaeda offshoot the Islamic State, control much of the desert in the north and east.