Bashar al-Assad

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A member of the Syrian National Defence Forces , an armed unit of... News PhotoArmy,Bashar al-Assad,City,Civil War,Conflict,Horizontal,Loyalty,Organized Group,Rebellion,Syria,Syrian Civil War,Village,Volunteer,War,WeaponPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPA member of the Syrian National Defence Forces (NDF), an armed unit of volunteers loyal to President Bashar al-Assad operating under Syrian army command, patrols the village of Ghassaniyeh in the countryside of the rebel city of Qusayr on May 11, 2013. The area has been a strategic boon to Syrian rebels, who used it as a base from which to block the main road from Damascus to the coast, impeding military movement and supply chains. The regime has made recapturing Qusayr a key objective. AFP PHOTO/JOSEPH EID (Photo credit should read JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)