Syria: Uprising by Tom Pilston

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A young boy wears a hat bearing the rebel colours - the Syrian flag before the Baathist takeover in 1963. He didn't want his full face shown. Zabadani is the only town in Syria officially held by the rebels. The hill town which is surrounded by government forces.Protests against the ruling Baathist regime of Bashar al-Assad erupted in March 2011. Although they were initially peaceful,  they were violently repressed by the Syrian army and police. In response to being ordered to shoot unarmed civilians, large numbers of men deserted the army and formed the Free Syrian Army. The protest movement has now turned into an armed uprising with clashes between the regular army and the Free Syrian Army taking place in early 2012..