I wonder what percentage of the Army has defected thus far. I assume the air force is still behind Assad?
Syrian army tanks in Hama.
Mix of old armour: T-55, BMP-1, BTR-50 and New (2000-x) trucks: GAZ trucks and Gazelle minibuses.
A member of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in al-Qusayr, a small city of some 40,000 inhabitants located about 15 miles south-west of the flashpoint city of Homs
A Syrian army defector holds up his military ID
A member of the renegade Free Syrian Army during an attack operation against the Syrian army
An FSA casualty receives first aid after he was wounded by a rocket-propelled grenade
http://apps.facebook.com/theguardian/p/356gq/twFSA fighters take up positions on the street. Entire areas of al-Qusayr are empty because they fall within the range of sniper fire
This FSAer carries what seems to be a FN FAL. I have seen some more FALs on other pictures of FSA rebels. Like the one at
Does anyone know if these come from Syrian stocks? May be delivered in the 1970s or 1980s like many of the FN FALs that were used in Libya last year. Or is there any indication these were delivered to the FSA recently from elsewhere?
Last edited by calimero2; 02-02-2012 at 08:03 AM.
As for those FALs, several weeks ago colonel Harati, former commander of Tripoli Brigade, returned from Hatay where he was talking with col. Riyad al-Asaad of FSA. They may be very well from Libya which has more than enough weapons.