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Photos: On the front lines with the Free Syrian Army

Updated 11:20 AM ET, Tue February 7, 2012
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A member of the Free Syrian Army engages in an attack against the Syrian army in Al-Qusayr on January 27. The small town in western Syria has been under siege since early November. Alessio Romenzi/Corbis
Syrians burn a portrait of President Bashar al-Assad in Al-Qusayr. The Syrian regime has faced international pressure to stop its crackdown on protesters. Some have asked for al-Assad to step down. Alessio Romenzi/Corbis
Free Syrian Army rebels ride a motorcycle through Al-Qusayr on January 28. A Corbis Images photographer spent several days in the town. His images offer a rare look at the combat in Syria, where access is limited. Alessio Romenzi/Corbis
The Free Syrian Army is made up of former Syrian military soldiers who left their posts and sided with the protesters. The group has declared war on the regime of President al-Assad and taken up posts throughout the country. Alessio Romenzi/Corbis
Opposition fighters fire on Syrian soldiers on January 24. Syria has seen a sharp increase in violence in recent weeks, with hundreds killed in clashes between government forces, rebels and protesters. Alessio Romenzi/Corbis
A member of the Free Syrian Army holds an AK-47 and prayer beads in the streets of Al-Qusayr. Alessio Romenzi/Corbis
The rebels drive through a neighborhood in Al-Qusayr. The town is close to the flashpoint city of Homs and has about 44,000 residents. Alessio Romenzi/Corbis
More than 65 people are believed to have lost their lives in Al-Qusayr. Opposition groups say food and electricity are in short supply and communication lines have been interrupted. Alessio Romenzi/Corbis
A member of the Free Syrian Army receives first aid after he was wounded by a rocket-propelled grenade on January 25. More than 5,000 people have died in Syria since the start of the government crackdown in March, according to the United Nations. Alessio Romenzi/Corbis
Free Syrian Army fighters stand guard at night in Al- Qusayr. The humanitarian crisis in Syria continues to worsen as armed rebels and government forces battle for control of towns and cities across the country. Alessio Romenzi/Corbis