July 25th, 2012
08:41 AM ET

Inside Syria: Faces of the Free Syrian Army

Editor's note: CNN's Ivan Watson and crew are some of the few international reporters in Syria, whose government has been restricting access on foreign journalists and refusing many of them entry. Check out more from CNN inside Syria.

Rebel-controlled northern Syria (CNN) - Mohamed Rashid walked out of the gate of his house with a giant blood stain on his white T-shirt.

"This is the blood of a martyr! Of a hero! Of a lion!" he bellowed. "This is his blood. It is pure!"

Mad with grief, Rashid kissed his bloody T-shirt before being led away by worried relatives.

Just hours before, Rashid learned his son Abdul was killed in battle in the Syrian city of Aleppo.

Housam Abdul Rashid was a 22-year-old defector from the army. He was also the fourth man from his small hilltop village to be killed fighting for the rebels.

The younger Rashid is one of the casualties of the five-day-old rebel offensive on Aleppo, the country's commercial capital. Another rebel, who asked only to be named "Khorshid" because his wife and children were still living in Aleppo, described how his comrade was killed by a helicopter gunship, while climbing onto a rooftop.

"Housam's specialty was a sniper," Khorshid said. "He went to the roof, and a helicopter gunship killed him. Another fighter from Aleppo with him was also killed. I was just 4 meters away when it happened."

soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. kalju

    I am glad to hear that Obama has promised to take care of the rebels who have been wounded and maimed by the Assad government.

    Nice to know that we have so much extra money.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Karim

    It is strange right in Iraq these guys called terorrists and Al-keida but same guys in Syria become heros for USA !?? one would be donkey to not knowing Interests of USA means what !? Democracy !? with joining with Saudi!? and USA ?
    against Syria at least it is secular ....and yet whole world are amazed by this kind of BS...that CNN pouring out ichkkk

    July 26, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
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