It's all over the papers today: the Syrian conflict is entering its fifth year, with no end in sight. At least 200,000 are dead, and more than half the country has been displaced.
Today's New York Times, above, features an almost poetic series of visuals of the one-time country, Syria, taken at night from far above the earth. Damascus, Homs, Aleppo, Raqqa, and Deir al-Zour are almost dark. Damascas still generates the most light, and so still seemingly has the largest population, but even it has shrunk considerably from the city it was four years ago when the civil war began. (The satellite images are actually taken in March 2012 versus December 2014. In that sense, they are even worse.)
Look at the vast stretch of the north and northeast of the country, and the lights register as mere blips, a haunting reminder of the need to flee Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's cruel bombs. Raqqa and Deir al-Zour are now under ISIS control, and they are also just southeast of Aleppo. The former country is literally and figuratively in the dark.