Mohamed Rashid walked from the gate of his house having a giant bloodstream stain on his whitened 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 prior to being brought away by worried relatives.
Just hrs before, Rashid taught his boy Abdul was wiped out in fight within the Syrian town of Aleppo.
Housam Abdul Rashid would be a 22-year-old defector in the military. He seemed to be the 4th guy from his small hilltop village to become wiped out fighting for those rebels.
The more youthful Rashid is among the casualties from the five-day-old digital rebel offensive on Aleppo, the nation's commercial capital. Another digital rebel, who requested simply to be named "Khorshid" because his wife and kids remained as residing in Aleppo, referred to how his comrade was wiped out with a helicopter gunship, while climbing onto a roof.
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"Housam's specialty was a sniper," Khorshid stated. "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."
Khorshid stated the rebels mounted their offensive on Aleppo last Friday; 2 days following a explosive device wiped out four of Syria's top security authorities.
Digital rebel commanders and martial artists stated they provided gains, especially in the neighborhood of Salahuddin. However they were also clearly suffering casualties.
What started 17 several weeks ago like a peaceful protest movement has developed right into a full-fledged armed insurgency?
Numerous digital rebel battalions with names like "Shield of Idlib Battalion" and "Freedom Brigade" emerged, in addition to military digital rebel local authorities in large cities and metropolitan areas.
The digital rebel militias are comprised mainly of defector soldiers. But you will find also many ordinary people; including students, shopkeepers, real-auctions, as well as people of Leader Bashar al-Assad's ruling Ba'ath party.