Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Revolution is Family Affair

From 70-year-old Mohamed Tayeb Ismail, a white-haired grandfather, to his teenage grandson Adnan, 30 men from the same family make up the “Saiqa” (Lightning) unit of rebel fighters in Syria’s Aleppo. 

The patriarch, wearing a white keffiyeh headdress and military fatigues, holds his Kalashnikov assault rifle and carries a knife.

He tells his attentive sons and grandsons he wants to “fight until the fall of Bashar al-Assad”, Syria’s embattled president, who responded to an initially peaceful uprising with violent repression.