Nearly two years after the start of Syria's popular uprising, the
conflict has evolved into a slow-moving, brutal civil war with many
players and no clear end in sight. Multiple rebel groups across the
country continue to fight President Bashar al-Assad's forces, using any
weapons they can get their hands on. While the rebels are using many
modern weapons, they've also come up with their own makeshift solutions.
In these weapons workshops, anti-aircraft guns are welded to pickup
trucks and armor shields are attached to machine guns and cars. Mortar
shell nose cones are turned on lathes and explosives are mixed by hand.
Homemade grenades are launched by jury-rigged shotguns or giant
slingshots in the urban battlefields of Aleppo and Damascus. Gathered
here are a few examples of the hand-built munitions of the Syrian