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In father's absence, Syrian boy takes up arms

Molhem Barakat / Reuters

Mohammad, a 13 year-old fighter with the Free Syrian Army, aims his weapon as he runs from snipers loyal to the Syrian regime in Aleppo's Bustan al-Basha district on Oct. 29. Mohammad joined the Free Syrian Army after his father died during clashes with the Syrian regime. The gun he is using was his father's.

Molhem Barakat / Reuters

Mohammad takes cover inside a room in Aleppo's Bustan al-Basha district Oct. 28, 2013.

Molhem Barakat / Reuters

Mohammad plays with a cat in Aleppo's Bustan al-Basha district Oct. 28, 2013.

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