As violence continues to erupt in pockets across Syria, images of a new armed force are starting to emerge.
Today we received photos of the Free Syrian Army in the town of Qusayr, close to the border with Lebanon. At least some of them are reported to be defected Syrian soldiers.
A Syrian soldier who defected to join the Free Syrian Army carries a rocket-propelled grenade at an FSA base outside the town of Qusayr, Syria on January 8, 2012.
Defected Syrian soldiers joined the Free Syrian Army modify a pickup truck to mount an anti-aircraft gun at their base outside the town of Qusayr on Jan. 11.
Syrian soldiers who defected to join the Free Syrian Army pose for a photograph at an FSA base outside the town of Qusayr.
Elsewhere, Syria's president turned up at a boisterous pro-government rally in Damascus Wednesday, whipping up his followers and again underscoring his view that the months of popular unrest in his nation are the result of a "conspiracy."
"We will triumph over this conspiracy," Bashar al-Assad told a cheering, clapping and flag-waving throng, according to Reuters.