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Syrian National Defence Forces , an armed unit of volunteers loyal to... NyhetsfotoArmé,Bashar al-Assad,By,Horisontell,Inbördeskrig,Konflikt,Krig,Lojalitet,Storstad,Syrien,Syriska inbördesskriget,Uppror,Vapen,VolontärPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPSyrian National Defence Forces (NDF), an armed unit of volunteers loyal to President Bashar al-Assad operating under Syrian army command, patrol 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)