Free Syria Army

- 2012-03-21T19:12:41Z

Photograph by Sebastiano Tomada/Sipa USA

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The Syrian army has shelled rebel-held cities in the past week, forcing the ill-equipped Free Syria Army fighters to retreat. Photographer Sebastiano Tomada spent some time with one of these groups, made up mostly of Syrian army defectors, as they camp in a makeshift army outpost in the mountains north of Idlib, Syria. More than 9,000 people have been killed since the government crackdown started a year ago.

Left, a fighter at a camp in Idlib on March 20.