The Syrian civil war has been going on for more than two years, but it hasn’t been a fair fight.
While the Assad regime has tanks, jets, artillery — and of course, chemical weapons — the fragmented Free Syrian Army have mostly small arms and whatever they can put together or find.
We’re talking slingshots, catapults, and rockets made in garages.
Both sides have backing: The Russians and Iranians give Assad cash and weapons, while the rebels get mainly humanitarian aid from the U.S., Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. That humanitarian support may turn into full blown weapons and training if Senate hawks like John McCain and Lindsey Graham have their way.
Aid or not, when you see these pictures, you’ll be pretty impressed they’ve been able to fight the Syrian army, and continue to hold ground throughout the country.
Which will launch from this mount. All made in a weapons factory that probably used to be someone's kitchen.
They aren't just going to the local gun shop to stock up on ammo either. They have to put together their mortar rounds themselves.
While not as good as artillery, mortars can lob in bombs at Assad forces and cause considerable damage against troops.
We aren't sure what this is, but it looks like a makeshift machine-gun or anti-aircraft weapon. A U.S. military source told BI it could be an anti-tank rifle.
Since it's largely a 'Youtube war,' it's no surprise this fighter is filming what he sees from his sniper rifle.
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