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Syrian 'Martyrs of Truth' man Aleppo's front line

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Fighters from the Shohada al Haq brigade of the Free Syrian Army move through a 'mousehole' during a raid to clear a new apartment building in the no-mans land area near the Salahudeen district on Nov. 3 in Aleppo, Syria.

 The Shohada al Haq, or 'Martyrs of Truth' brigade, control an area on the edge of the Salahudeen district in Aleppo, Syria's largest city. The brigade is made up of around 70 men, holding a handful of positions hidden in apartment blocks on the front line of Aleppo, facing toward Syrian army positions sometimes a little under 330 feet away. The Shohada al Haq use snipers to target Syrian regime troops as they move on the other side of the front, as well as moving between apartment blocks in the 'no man's land' between the two forces, occupying positions of advantage over the Syrian military. The brigade, or 'Katiba,' live in the apartments they occupy, and the unit of rebel fighters is made up of former soldiers who defected from the Syrian military alongside men from Aleppo and other cities across Syria who have chosen to fight in Syria's increasingly violent civil war.

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Fighters from the Shohada al Haq brigade of the Free Syrian Army create a new 'mousehole', leading to an apartment potentially occupied by the Syrian army, during a raid to clear a new apartment building in the no-mans land area near the Salahudeen district on Nov. 3 in Aleppo, Syria.

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A fighter from the Shohada al Haq brigade of the Free Syrian Army Taps a wall to indicate he can hear voices nearby during a raid to clear a new apartment building in the no-mans land area near the Salahudeen district on Nov. 3 in Aleppo, Syria.

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A fighter from the Shohada al Haq brigade of the Free Syrian Army moves through an abandoned kitchen during a raid to clear a new apartment building in the no-mans land area near the Salahudeen district on Nov. 3 in Aleppo, Syria.

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Fighters from the Shohada al Haq brigade of the Free Syrian Army meet with fighters from bridages based nearby to discuss tactics near the Salahudeen district on Nov. 2 in Aleppo, Syria.

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Fighters from the Shohada al Haq brigade of the Free Syrian Army prepare to run across a 'sniper lane' during a raid to clear a new apartment building in the no-mans land area near the Salahudeen district on Nov. 3 in Aleppo, Syria.

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Debris litters the street in front of heavily damaged apartment buildings in the Salahudeen district on Nov. 2 in Aleppo, Syria.

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