Improvised Weapons of Syria and Libya


    A Syrian rebel walks past Sham 2, a homemade armored vehicle, in Bishqatin, Syria, on December 8, 2012. From a distance it looks rather like a big rusty metal box but closer inspection reveals a homemade armored vehicle waiting to be deployed. Sham II, named after ancient Syria, is built from the chassis of a car and touted by rebels as [100 percent made in Syria]. (Photo by Herve Bar/AFP Photo)


    A Syrian rebel walks past Sham 2, a homemade armored vehicle, in Bishqatin, Syria, on December 8, 2012. From a distance it looks rather like a big rusty metal box but closer inspection reveals a homemade armored vehicle waiting to be deployed. (Photo by Herve Bar/AFP Photo)




    A Syrian rebel uses a videogame controller to activate the machine gun of Sham 2, a homemade armored vehicle made by the rebels' Al-Ansar brigade, in Bishqatin, 4 km west of Aleppo, on December 8, 2012. (Photo by Herve Bar/AFP Photo)




    A Syrian rebel uses a videogame controller to activate the machine gun of Sham 2, a homemade armored vehicle made by the rebels' Al-Ansar brigade, in Bishqatin, 4 km west of Aleppo, on December 8, 2012. (Photo by Herve Bar/AFP Photo)


    A Syrian rebel uses a videogame controller to activate the machine gun of Sham 2, a homemade armored vehicle made by the rebels' Al-Ansar brigade, in Bishqatin, 4 km west of Aleppo, on December 8, 2012. (Photo by Herve Bar/AFP Photo)




    Syrian rebels stand atop Sham II, a homemade armoured vehicle made by the rebels' Al-Ansar brigade, in Bishqatin, 4 kms west of Aleppo, on December 8, 2012. The Sham II, which was cobbled together from the chassis of an old diesel car and parts salvaged from a junkyard in under a month, uses a controller from a Sony Playstation games console to aim a roof-mounted machine gun. Inside the rusting steel panels a crew of two sit side-by-side in front of flatscreen TV's mounted on the wall. Sham II, named after ancient Syria, touted by rebels as [100 percent made in Syria]. (Photo by Herve Bar/AFP Photo)


    Syrian rebels stand atop Sham II, a homemade armoured vehicle made by the rebels' Al-Ansar brigade, in Bishqatin, 4 kms west of Aleppo, on December 8, 2012. The Sham II, which was cobbled together from the chassis of an old diesel car and parts salvaged from a junkyard in under a month, uses a controller from a Sony Playstation games console to aim a roof-mounted machine gun. Inside the rusting steel panels a crew of two sit side-by-side in front of flatscreen TV's mounted on the wall. Sham II, named after ancient Syria, touted by rebels as [100 percent made in Syria]. (Photo by Herve Bar/AFP Photo)




    Members of the [Free Syrian Army] use a giant slingshot to launch a homemade bomb during clashes with pro-government soldiers in the city of Aleppo, October, 15, 2012. (Photo by Asmaa Waguih/Reuters)


    Members of the [Free Syrian Army] use a giant slingshot to launch a homemade bomb during clashes with pro-government soldiers in the city of Aleppo, October, 15, 2012. (Photo by Asmaa Waguih/Reuters)




    A Libyan rebel adds an aluminum ring to a used rocket-propelled grenade, which will be refitted with high explosives and reused, at a weapons workshop in Misurata on May 29, 2013. (Photo by Zohra Bensemra/Reuters)


    A Libyan rebel adds an aluminum ring to a used rocket-propelled grenade, which will be refitted with high explosives and reused, at a weapons workshop in Misurata on May 29, 2011. (Photo by Zohra Bensemra/Reuters)




    A rebel fighter in front of an armored technical gives orders to comrades at the front line between the rebels and pro-Qaddafi forces, 25 km west of Misurata, on May 26, 2013. (Photo by Rodrigo Abd/AP Photo)


    A rebel fighter in front of an armored technical gives orders to comrades at the front line between the rebels and pro-Qaddafi forces, 25 km west of Misurata, on May 26, 2011. (Photo by Rodrigo Abd/AP Photo)




    A [Free Syrian Army] fighter makes homemade missiles at a workshop in north Aleppo December 29, 2012. (Photo by Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters)


    A [Free Syrian Army] fighter makes homemade missiles at a workshop in north Aleppo December 29, 2012. (Photo by Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters)




    Fighters from the [Free Syrian Army's] Tahrir al Sham brigade use a shotgun to fire an improvised grenade at Syrian Army soldiers in the Arabeen neigbourhood of Damascus February 9, 2013. (Photo by Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)


    Fighters from the [Free Syrian Army's] Tahrir al Sham brigade use a shotgun to fire an improvised grenade at Syrian Army soldiers in the Arabeen neigbourhood of Damascus February 9, 2013. (Photo by Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)




    Libyans remove rust from ammunition in the western Libyan city of Misurata on June 7. (Photo by Zohra Bensemra/Reuters)


    Libyans remove rust from ammunition in the western Libyan city of Misurata on June 7, 2011. (Photo by Zohra Bensemra/Reuters)




    Rebel fighters launch rockets against Qaddafi forces at the frontline along the western entrance of Ajdabiyah on April 21. (Photo by Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters)


    Rebel fighters launch rockets against Qaddafi forces at the frontline along the western entrance of Ajdabiyah on April 21, 2011. (Photo by Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters)




    Syrian rebels prepare to launch a bomb using a homemade slingshot in the northern city of Aleppo, on October 16, 2012. Lightly-armed Syrian rebels who face the warplanes, artillery and tanks of loyalists have turned to making their own weapons, even rigging a video game controller to fire mortar rounds. (Photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP Photo)


    Syrian rebels prepare to launch a bomb using a homemade slingshot in the northern city of Aleppo, on October 16, 2012. Lightly-armed Syrian rebels who face the warplanes, artillery and tanks of loyalists have turned to making their own weapons, even rigging a video game controller to fire mortar rounds. (Photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP Photo)




    Opposition fighters prepare home-made firebombs in the northern Syrian city of of Aleppo, on July 25, 2012. (Photo by Pierre Torres/AFP Photo)


    Opposition fighters prepare home-made firebombs in the northern Syrian city of of Aleppo, on July 25, 2012. (Photo by Pierre Torres/AFP Photo)




    Syrian rebels adjust a homemade mortar launcher in the northern city of Aleppo, on October 16, 2012. (Photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP Photo)


    Syrian rebels adjust a homemade mortar launcher in the northern city of Aleppo, on October 16, 2012. (Photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP Photo)




    Rebel arms maker Abu al-Fadhel shows off a row of homemade weapons including a hand-grenade, a portable rocket-launcher, and various rockets with explosive warheads at a location in Aleppo province, on October 17, 2012. Lightly-armed Syrian rebels who face the warplanes, artillery and tanks of President Bashar al-Assad's forces have turned to making their own weapons to fill major gaps in their armories. (Photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP Photo)


    Rebel arms maker Abu al-Fadhel shows off a row of homemade weapons including a hand-grenade, a portable rocket-launcher, and various rockets with explosive warheads at a location in Aleppo province, on October 17, 2012. Lightly-armed Syrian rebels who face the warplanes, artillery and tanks of President Bashar al-Assad's forces have turned to making their own weapons to fill major gaps in their armories. (Photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP Photo)




    A man works on an improvised mortar shell for the Free Syrian Army inside a factory which previously manufactured steel and iron in Aleppo, on February 18, 2013. (Photo by Hamid Khatib/Reuters)


    A man works on an improvised mortar shell for the [Free Syrian Army] inside a factory which previously manufactured steel and iron in Aleppo, on February 18, 2013. (Photo by Hamid Khatib/Reuters)




    A rebel army officer works on a weapon captured from forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi, at a workshop in Benghazi, on June 1, 2013. (Photo by Mohammed Salem/Reuters)


    A rebel army officer works on a weapon captured from forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi, at a workshop in Benghazi, on June 1, 2011. (Photo by Mohammed Salem/Reuters)




    Rebel volunteer Ramzy Elshahiebi extracts elements from a mine while working to assemble homemade bombs in Benghazi on May 4, 2011. (Photo by Rodrigo Abd/AP Photo)


    Rebel volunteer Ramzy Elshahiebi extracts elements from a mine while working to assemble homemade bombs in Benghazi on May 4, 2011. (Photo by Rodrigo Abd/AP Photo)




    Members of the [Free Syrian Army] react as they fire a home-made rocket towards forces loyal to the Syrian regime in Deir al-Zor, June 16, 2013. (Photo by Khalil Ashawi/Reuters)


    Members of the [Free Syrian Army] react as they fire a home-made rocket towards forces loyal to the Syrian regime in Deir al-Zor, June 16, 2013. (Photo by Khalil Ashawi/Reuters)




    A rebel soldier repairs weapons captured from forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi, at a workshop in Benghazi, on June 13, 2013. (Photo by Esam Al-Fetori/Reuters)


    A rebel soldier repairs weapons captured from forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi, at a workshop in Benghazi, on June 13, 2011. (Photo by Esam Al-Fetori/Reuters)




    Rebel fighters load a UB-32 rocket pod mounted on a pickup truck, in the front line along the western entrance of Ajdabiya, on April 19, 2013. (Photo by Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters)


    Rebel fighters load a UB-32 rocket pod mounted on a pickup truck, in the front line along the western entrance of Ajdabiya, on April 19, 2011. (Photo by Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters)




    A rebel fighter rests on a weapon mounted on the back of a pickup truck on the front line between them and Muammar el-Qaddafi forces, 30 km south of Misurata, on May 27, 2013. (Photo by Rodrigo Abd/AP Photo)


    A rebel fighter rests on a weapon mounted on the back of a pickup truck on the front line between them and Muammar el-Qaddafi forces, 30 km south of Misurata, on May 27, 2011. (Photo by Rodrigo Abd/AP Photo)




    A female member of the Ahbab Al-Mustafa Battalion stands on a pick-up truck mounted with an anti-aircraft weapon as she undergoes military training in Aleppo's Salaheddine district, on June 24, 2013. (Photo by Muzaffar Salman/Reuters)


    A female member of the Ahbab Al-Mustafa Battalion stands on a pick-up truck mounted with an anti-aircraft weapon as she undergoes military training in Aleppo's Salaheddine district, on June 24, 2013. (Photo by Muzaffar Salman/Reuters)




    A [Free Syrian Army] fighter uses a catapult to fire a homemade grenade at Syrian Army soldiers during a fight in the Arabeen neighborhood of Damascus, on January 24, 2013. (Photo by Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)


    A [Free Syrian Army] fighter uses a catapult to fire a homemade grenade at Syrian Army soldiers during a fight in the Arabeen neighborhood of Damascus, on January 24, 2013. (Photo by Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)




    Rebel fighters prepare to fight against Syrian regime forces in the village of Kurnaz, close to the western city of Hama, on January 27, 2013. More than a dozen rebel fighters took up defensive positions in Kurnaz with light weapons against Syrian army tanks roughly four kilometers distant which were firing shells around them. (Photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP Photo)


    Rebel fighters prepare to fight against Syrian regime forces in the village of Kurnaz, close to the western city of Hama, on January 27, 2013. More than a dozen rebel fighters took up defensive positions in Kurnaz with light weapons against Syrian army tanks roughly four kilometers distant which were firing shells around them. (Photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP Photo)




    A rebel fighter drills into a bomb at a makeshift weapons workshop in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, on August 5, 2013, where fighters recycle ordinance used by pro-government forces. (Photo by Mezar Matar/AFP Photo)


    A rebel fighter drills into a bomb at a makeshift weapons workshop in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, on August 5, 2013, where fighters recycle ordinance used by pro-government forces. (Photo by Mezar Matar/AFP Photo)




    A [Free Syrian Army] fighter holds the head of a mannequin up to a hole in a wall of a Syrian Army base to attract and locate a sniper during heavy fighting in the Arabeen neighborhood of Damascus, on February 3, 2013. (Photo by Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)


    A [Free Syrian Army] fighter holds the head of a mannequin up to a hole in a wall of a Syrian Army base to attract and locate a sniper during heavy fighting in the Arabeen neighborhood of Damascus, on February 3, 2013. (Photo by Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)




    Free Syrian Army fighters stand beside a locally made anti-aircraft weapon near the Menagh military airport in Aleppo's countryside, on February 17, 2013. (Photo by Mahmoud Hassano/Reuters)


    [Free Syrian Army] fighters stand beside a locally made anti-aircraft weapon near the Menagh military airport in Aleppo's countryside, on February 17, 2013. (Photo by Mahmoud Hassano/Reuters)




    [Free Syrian Army] fighters use a homemade slingshot in old Aleppo, on January 29, 2013. (Photo by Zain Karam/Reuters)


    [Free Syrian Army] fighters use a homemade slingshot in old Aleppo, on January 29, 2013. (Photo by Zain Karam/Reuters)




    A bomb maker from Abu Suleiman's group of rebel fighters wires pipe bombs, which are detonated in specific areas to cut access to their mountainous stronghold in the northern Syrian province of Idlib, on March 20, 2012. Abu Suleiman, who finances the weapons for the unit which carries his name, has assembled one of the multitude of armed groups fighting the regime. (Photo by Frederic Lafargue/AFP Photo)


    A bomb maker from Abu Suleiman's group of rebel fighters wires pipe bombs, which are detonated in specific areas to cut access to their mountainous stronghold in the northern Syrian province of Idlib, on March 20, 2012. Abu Suleiman, who finances the weapons for the unit which carries his name, has assembled one of the multitude of armed groups fighting the regime. (Photo by Frederic Lafargue/AFP Photo)




    A rebel fighter carries an improvised explosive device as they try to repel a coordinated attack using mortar, tank and aerial artillery fire carried out by loyalists to President Bashar Assad in the Jedida district of Aleppo, on November 3, 2012. (Photo by Narciso Contreras/AP Photo)


    A rebel fighter carries an improvised explosive device as they try to repel a coordinated attack using mortar, tank and aerial artillery fire carried out by loyalists to President Bashar Assad in the Jedida district of Aleppo, on November 3, 2012. (Photo by Narciso Contreras/AP Photo)




    A [Free Syrian Army] fighter holds an improvised mortar shell inside a factory which previously manufactured steel and iron in Aleppo February 18, 2013. (Photo by Hamid Khatib/Reuters)


    A homemade military vehicle called Sham 1 is seen in Khan al-Assal area November 10, 2012. (Photo by Zain Karam/Reuters)




    A [Free Syrian Army] fighter holds an improvised mortar shell inside a factory which previously manufactured steel and iron in Aleppo February 18, 2013. (Photo by Hamid Khatib/Reuters)


    A [Free Syrian Army] fighter holds an improvised mortar shell inside a factory which previously manufactured steel and iron in Aleppo February 18, 2013. (Photo by Hamid Khatib/Reuters)




    A mortar that belongs to the Free Syrian Army fighters, is pictured attached to a car to be pulled to the front line where clashes with forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad are taking place, in Binnish in Idlib province March 13, 2013. (Photo by Mohamed Kaddoor/Reuters/Shaam News Network)


    A mortar that belongs to the Free Syrian Army fighters, is pictured attached to a car to be pulled to the front line where clashes with forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad are taking place, in Binnish in Idlib province March 13, 2013. (Photo by Mohamed Kaddoor/Reuters/Shaam News Network)




    A Libyan man tries to remove a cannon from a part of a tank, belonging to forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi, with plans to reuse it, in the western Libyan city of Misurata, on June 7, 2013. (Photo by Zohra Bensemra/Reuters)


    A Libyan man tries to remove a cannon from a part of a tank, belonging to forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi, with plans to reuse it, in the western Libyan city of Misurata, on June 7, 2011. (Photo by Zohra Bensemra/Reuters)




    A Libyan rebel fighter, in a vehicle rigged with armor plating, flashes a victory sign at a territory taken from forces loyal to Muammar el-Qaddafi, after rebels pushed several kilometers in the direction of Zliten, west of the rebel-held port city of Misurata, on June 13, 2013. (Photo by Zohra Bensemra/Reuters)


    A Libyan rebel fighter, in a vehicle rigged with armor plating, flashes a victory sign at a territory taken from forces loyal to Muammar el-Qaddafi, after rebels pushed several kilometers in the direction of Zliten, west of the rebel-held port city of Misurata, on June 13, 2011. (Photo by Zohra Bensemra/Reuters)

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Improvised Weapons of Syria and Libya


A Syrian rebel walks past Sham 2, a homemade armored vehicle, in Bishqatin, Syria, on December 8, 2012. From a distance it looks rather like a big rusty metal box but closer inspection reveals a homemade armored vehicle waiting to be deployed. Sham II, named after ancient Syria, is built from the chassis of a car and touted by rebels as [100 percent made in Syria]. (Photo by Herve Bar/AFP Photo)


A Syrian rebel walks past Sham 2, a homemade armored vehicle, in Bishqatin, Syria, on December 8, 2012. From a distance it looks rather like a big rusty metal box but closer inspection reveals a homemade armored vehicle waiting to be deployed. (Photo by Herve Bar/AFP Photo)




A Syrian rebel uses a videogame controller to activate the machine gun of Sham 2, a homemade armored vehicle made by the rebels' Al-Ansar brigade, in Bishqatin, 4 km west of Aleppo, on December 8, 2012. (Photo by Herve Bar/AFP Photo)




A Syrian rebel uses a videogame controller to activate the machine gun of Sham 2, a homemade armored vehicle made by the rebels' Al-Ansar brigade, in Bishqatin, 4 km west of Aleppo, on December 8, 2012. (Photo by Herve Bar/AFP Photo)


A Syrian rebel uses a videogame controller to activate the machine gun of Sham 2, a homemade armored vehicle made by the rebels' Al-Ansar brigade, in Bishqatin, 4 km west of Aleppo, on December 8, 2012. (Photo by Herve Bar/AFP Photo)




Syrian rebels stand atop Sham II, a homemade armoured vehicle made by the rebels' Al-Ansar brigade, in Bishqatin, 4 kms west of Aleppo, on December 8, 2012. The Sham II, which was cobbled together from the chassis of an old diesel car and parts salvaged from a junkyard in under a month, uses a controller from a Sony Playstation games console to aim a roof-mounted machine gun. Inside the rusting steel panels a crew of two sit side-by-side in front of flatscreen TV's mounted on the wall. Sham II, named after ancient Syria, touted by rebels as [100 percent made in Syria]. (Photo by Herve Bar/AFP Photo)


Syrian rebels stand atop Sham II, a homemade armoured vehicle made by the rebels' Al-Ansar brigade, in Bishqatin, 4 kms west of Aleppo, on December 8, 2012. The Sham II, which was cobbled together from the chassis of an old diesel car and parts salvaged from a junkyard in under a month, uses a controller from a Sony Playstation games console to aim a roof-mounted machine gun. Inside the rusting steel panels a crew of two sit side-by-side in front of flatscreen TV's mounted on the wall. Sham II, named after ancient Syria, touted by rebels as [100 percent made in Syria]. (Photo by Herve Bar/AFP Photo)




Members of the [Free Syrian Army] use a giant slingshot to launch a homemade bomb during clashes with pro-government soldiers in the city of Aleppo, October, 15, 2012. (Photo by Asmaa Waguih/Reuters)


Members of the [Free Syrian Army] use a giant slingshot to launch a homemade bomb during clashes with pro-government soldiers in the city of Aleppo, October, 15, 2012. (Photo by Asmaa Waguih/Reuters)




A Libyan rebel adds an aluminum ring to a used rocket-propelled grenade, which will be refitted with high explosives and reused, at a weapons workshop in Misurata on May 29, 2013. (Photo by Zohra Bensemra/Reuters)


A Libyan rebel adds an aluminum ring to a used rocket-propelled grenade, which will be refitted with high explosives and reused, at a weapons workshop in Misurata on May 29, 2011. (Photo by Zohra Bensemra/Reuters)




A rebel fighter in front of an armored technical gives orders to comrades at the front line between the rebels and pro-Qaddafi forces, 25 km west of Misurata, on May 26, 2013. (Photo by Rodrigo Abd/AP Photo)


A rebel fighter in front of an armored technical gives orders to comrades at the front line between the rebels and pro-Qaddafi forces, 25 km west of Misurata, on May 26, 2011. (Photo by Rodrigo Abd/AP Photo)




A [Free Syrian Army] fighter makes homemade missiles at a workshop in north Aleppo December 29, 2012. (Photo by Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters)


A [Free Syrian Army] fighter makes homemade missiles at a workshop in north Aleppo December 29, 2012. (Photo by Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters)




Fighters from the [Free Syrian Army's] Tahrir al Sham brigade use a shotgun to fire an improvised grenade at Syrian Army soldiers in the Arabeen neigbourhood of Damascus February 9, 2013. (Photo by Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)


Fighters from the [Free Syrian Army's] Tahrir al Sham brigade use a shotgun to fire an improvised grenade at Syrian Army soldiers in the Arabeen neigbourhood of Damascus February 9, 2013. (Photo by Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)




Libyans remove rust from ammunition in the western Libyan city of Misurata on June 7. (Photo by Zohra Bensemra/Reuters)


Libyans remove rust from ammunition in the western Libyan city of Misurata on June 7, 2011. (Photo by Zohra Bensemra/Reuters)




Rebel fighters launch rockets against Qaddafi forces at the frontline along the western entrance of Ajdabiyah on April 21. (Photo by Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters)


Rebel fighters launch rockets against Qaddafi forces at the frontline along the western entrance of Ajdabiyah on April 21, 2011. (Photo by Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters)




Syrian rebels prepare to launch a bomb using a homemade slingshot in the northern city of Aleppo, on October 16, 2012. Lightly-armed Syrian rebels who face the warplanes, artillery and tanks of loyalists have turned to making their own weapons, even rigging a video game controller to fire mortar rounds. (Photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP Photo)


Syrian rebels prepare to launch a bomb using a homemade slingshot in the northern city of Aleppo, on October 16, 2012. Lightly-armed Syrian rebels who face the warplanes, artillery and tanks of loyalists have turned to making their own weapons, even rigging a video game controller to fire mortar rounds. (Photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP Photo)




Opposition fighters prepare home-made firebombs in the northern Syrian city of of Aleppo, on July 25, 2012. (Photo by Pierre Torres/AFP Photo)


Opposition fighters prepare home-made firebombs in the northern Syrian city of of Aleppo, on July 25, 2012. (Photo by Pierre Torres/AFP Photo)




Syrian rebels adjust a homemade mortar launcher in the northern city of Aleppo, on October 16, 2012. (Photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP Photo)


Syrian rebels adjust a homemade mortar launcher in the northern city of Aleppo, on October 16, 2012. (Photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP Photo)




Rebel arms maker Abu al-Fadhel shows off a row of homemade weapons including a hand-grenade, a portable rocket-launcher, and various rockets with explosive warheads at a location in Aleppo province, on October 17, 2012. Lightly-armed Syrian rebels who face the warplanes, artillery and tanks of President Bashar al-Assad's forces have turned to making their own weapons to fill major gaps in their armories. (Photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP Photo)


Rebel arms maker Abu al-Fadhel shows off a row of homemade weapons including a hand-grenade, a portable rocket-launcher, and various rockets with explosive warheads at a location in Aleppo province, on October 17, 2012. Lightly-armed Syrian rebels who face the warplanes, artillery and tanks of President Bashar al-Assad's forces have turned to making their own weapons to fill major gaps in their armories. (Photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP Photo)




A man works on an improvised mortar shell for the Free Syrian Army inside a factory which previously manufactured steel and iron in Aleppo, on February 18, 2013. (Photo by Hamid Khatib/Reuters)


A man works on an improvised mortar shell for the [Free Syrian Army] inside a factory which previously manufactured steel and iron in Aleppo, on February 18, 2013. (Photo by Hamid Khatib/Reuters)




A rebel army officer works on a weapon captured from forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi, at a workshop in Benghazi, on June 1, 2013. (Photo by Mohammed Salem/Reuters)


A rebel army officer works on a weapon captured from forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi, at a workshop in Benghazi, on June 1, 2011. (Photo by Mohammed Salem/Reuters)




Rebel volunteer Ramzy Elshahiebi extracts elements from a mine while working to assemble homemade bombs in Benghazi on May 4, 2011. (Photo by Rodrigo Abd/AP Photo)


Rebel volunteer Ramzy Elshahiebi extracts elements from a mine while working to assemble homemade bombs in Benghazi on May 4, 2011. (Photo by Rodrigo Abd/AP Photo)




Members of the [Free Syrian Army] react as they fire a home-made rocket towards forces loyal to the Syrian regime in Deir al-Zor, June 16, 2013. (Photo by Khalil Ashawi/Reuters)


Members of the [Free Syrian Army] react as they fire a home-made rocket towards forces loyal to the Syrian regime in Deir al-Zor, June 16, 2013. (Photo by Khalil Ashawi/Reuters)




A rebel soldier repairs weapons captured from forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi, at a workshop in Benghazi, on June 13, 2013. (Photo by Esam Al-Fetori/Reuters)


A rebel soldier repairs weapons captured from forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi, at a workshop in Benghazi, on June 13, 2011. (Photo by Esam Al-Fetori/Reuters)




Rebel fighters load a UB-32 rocket pod mounted on a pickup truck, in the front line along the western entrance of Ajdabiya, on April 19, 2013. (Photo by Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters)


Rebel fighters load a UB-32 rocket pod mounted on a pickup truck, in the front line along the western entrance of Ajdabiya, on April 19, 2011. (Photo by Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters)




A rebel fighter rests on a weapon mounted on the back of a pickup truck on the front line between them and Muammar el-Qaddafi forces, 30 km south of Misurata, on May 27, 2013. (Photo by Rodrigo Abd/AP Photo)


A rebel fighter rests on a weapon mounted on the back of a pickup truck on the front line between them and Muammar el-Qaddafi forces, 30 km south of Misurata, on May 27, 2011. (Photo by Rodrigo Abd/AP Photo)




A female member of the Ahbab Al-Mustafa Battalion stands on a pick-up truck mounted with an anti-aircraft weapon as she undergoes military training in Aleppo's Salaheddine district, on June 24, 2013. (Photo by Muzaffar Salman/Reuters)


A female member of the Ahbab Al-Mustafa Battalion stands on a pick-up truck mounted with an anti-aircraft weapon as she undergoes military training in Aleppo's Salaheddine district, on June 24, 2013. (Photo by Muzaffar Salman/Reuters)




A [Free Syrian Army] fighter uses a catapult to fire a homemade grenade at Syrian Army soldiers during a fight in the Arabeen neighborhood of Damascus, on January 24, 2013. (Photo by Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)


A [Free Syrian Army] fighter uses a catapult to fire a homemade grenade at Syrian Army soldiers during a fight in the Arabeen neighborhood of Damascus, on January 24, 2013. (Photo by Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)




Rebel fighters prepare to fight against Syrian regime forces in the village of Kurnaz, close to the western city of Hama, on January 27, 2013. More than a dozen rebel fighters took up defensive positions in Kurnaz with light weapons against Syrian army tanks roughly four kilometers distant which were firing shells around them. (Photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP Photo)


Rebel fighters prepare to fight against Syrian regime forces in the village of Kurnaz, close to the western city of Hama, on January 27, 2013. More than a dozen rebel fighters took up defensive positions in Kurnaz with light weapons against Syrian army tanks roughly four kilometers distant which were firing shells around them. (Photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP Photo)




A rebel fighter drills into a bomb at a makeshift weapons workshop in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, on August 5, 2013, where fighters recycle ordinance used by pro-government forces. (Photo by Mezar Matar/AFP Photo)


A rebel fighter drills into a bomb at a makeshift weapons workshop in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, on August 5, 2013, where fighters recycle ordinance used by pro-government forces. (Photo by Mezar Matar/AFP Photo)




A [Free Syrian Army] fighter holds the head of a mannequin up to a hole in a wall of a Syrian Army base to attract and locate a sniper during heavy fighting in the Arabeen neighborhood of Damascus, on February 3, 2013. (Photo by Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)


A [Free Syrian Army] fighter holds the head of a mannequin up to a hole in a wall of a Syrian Army base to attract and locate a sniper during heavy fighting in the Arabeen neighborhood of Damascus, on February 3, 2013. (Photo by Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)




Free Syrian Army fighters stand beside a locally made anti-aircraft weapon near the Menagh military airport in Aleppo's countryside, on February 17, 2013. (Photo by Mahmoud Hassano/Reuters)


[Free Syrian Army] fighters stand beside a locally made anti-aircraft weapon near the Menagh military airport in Aleppo's countryside, on February 17, 2013. (Photo by Mahmoud Hassano/Reuters)




[Free Syrian Army] fighters use a homemade slingshot in old Aleppo, on January 29, 2013. (Photo by Zain Karam/Reuters)


[Free Syrian Army] fighters use a homemade slingshot in old Aleppo, on January 29, 2013. (Photo by Zain Karam/Reuters)




A bomb maker from Abu Suleiman's group of rebel fighters wires pipe bombs, which are detonated in specific areas to cut access to their mountainous stronghold in the northern Syrian province of Idlib, on March 20, 2012. Abu Suleiman, who finances the weapons for the unit which carries his name, has assembled one of the multitude of armed groups fighting the regime. (Photo by Frederic Lafargue/AFP Photo)


A bomb maker from Abu Suleiman's group of rebel fighters wires pipe bombs, which are detonated in specific areas to cut access to their mountainous stronghold in the northern Syrian province of Idlib, on March 20, 2012. Abu Suleiman, who finances the weapons for the unit which carries his name, has assembled one of the multitude of armed groups fighting the regime. (Photo by Frederic Lafargue/AFP Photo)




A rebel fighter carries an improvised explosive device as they try to repel a coordinated attack using mortar, tank and aerial artillery fire carried out by loyalists to President Bashar Assad in the Jedida district of Aleppo, on November 3, 2012. (Photo by Narciso Contreras/AP Photo)


A rebel fighter carries an improvised explosive device as they try to repel a coordinated attack using mortar, tank and aerial artillery fire carried out by loyalists to President Bashar Assad in the Jedida district of Aleppo, on November 3, 2012. (Photo by Narciso Contreras/AP Photo)




A [Free Syrian Army] fighter holds an improvised mortar shell inside a factory which previously manufactured steel and iron in Aleppo February 18, 2013. (Photo by Hamid Khatib/Reuters)


A homemade military vehicle called Sham 1 is seen in Khan al-Assal area November 10, 2012. (Photo by Zain Karam/Reuters)




A [Free Syrian Army] fighter holds an improvised mortar shell inside a factory which previously manufactured steel and iron in Aleppo February 18, 2013. (Photo by Hamid Khatib/Reuters)


A [Free Syrian Army] fighter holds an improvised mortar shell inside a factory which previously manufactured steel and iron in Aleppo February 18, 2013. (Photo by Hamid Khatib/Reuters)




A mortar that belongs to the Free Syrian Army fighters, is pictured attached to a car to be pulled to the front line where clashes with forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad are taking place, in Binnish in Idlib province March 13, 2013. (Photo by Mohamed Kaddoor/Reuters/Shaam News Network)


A mortar that belongs to the Free Syrian Army fighters, is pictured attached to a car to be pulled to the front line where clashes with forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad are taking place, in Binnish in Idlib province March 13, 2013. (Photo by Mohamed Kaddoor/Reuters/Shaam News Network)




A Libyan man tries to remove a cannon from a part of a tank, belonging to forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi, with plans to reuse it, in the western Libyan city of Misurata, on June 7, 2013. (Photo by Zohra Bensemra/Reuters)


A Libyan man tries to remove a cannon from a part of a tank, belonging to forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi, with plans to reuse it, in the western Libyan city of Misurata, on June 7, 2011. (Photo by Zohra Bensemra/Reuters)




A Libyan rebel fighter, in a vehicle rigged with armor plating, flashes a victory sign at a territory taken from forces loyal to Muammar el-Qaddafi, after rebels pushed several kilometers in the direction of Zliten, west of the rebel-held port city of Misurata, on June 13, 2013. (Photo by Zohra Bensemra/Reuters)


A Libyan rebel fighter, in a vehicle rigged with armor plating, flashes a victory sign at a territory taken from forces loyal to Muammar el-Qaddafi, after rebels pushed several kilometers in the direction of Zliten, west of the rebel-held port city of Misurata, on June 13, 2011. (Photo by Zohra Bensemra/Reuters)

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