Emerging from the shadows of their secret command outpost, these are some the members of the only all-female fighting unit in the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo. They have come together to augment the fighting power of the Free Syrian Army. “Women are fighting on all the fronts now,” a female activist said. “Women are best at transporting weapons and supplies for rebels since they are less likely to be searched at security checkpoints. Soon they will be everywhere.”

—Sebastiano Tomada

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