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Portraits from the frontline: Syrian rebels pose in Aleppo

Muhammed Muheisen / AP

Ammar Aldeerani, 21, a defected soldier from the Syrian security forces

As they waited to return to the fight against government forces, rebels at a house in Marea on the outskirts of Aleppo posed for portraits for AP photographer Muhammed Muheisen. In their former lives, before the war, they were a construction worker, a farmer, even a librarian. Two of them are former government soldiers. 

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Hamzah Alhassan, 25, a former blacksmith

Muhammed Muheisen / AP

Abu Muslim, 30, a former librarian

Muhammed Muheisen / AP

Shadi Farrouh, 28, a former construction worker

Muhammed Muheisen / AP

Abu Faris, 28, a defected officer from the Syrian security forces

Muhammed Muheisen / AP

Ahmad Hussein, 22, a former factory worker

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Abu Bara', 30, a former farmer

Goran Tomasevic / Reuters

After months of protests and violent crackdowns, a look back at the violence that has overtaken the country.