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Exchanging Fire in Syria's War

Colored Bandanas

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Colored Bandanas

Free Syrian Army fighters take instructions from their commander before they stage an attack on a Syrian Army base in the Arabeen neighborhood of Damascus on Feb. 3. The assault by what appeared to be several hundred fighters involved numerous units which, lacking uniforms, donned bandanas in bright pinks, reds and oranges to identify their loyalties and reduce the risk of "friendly fire".

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