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Help From the Home Front: A Damascus Factory Where Tanks Get a New Lease on Life

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While war is raging in many regions of Syria, industrial plants which remain unscathed by the conflict in government-controlled areas are helping keep hope alive. One such factory, located in the Syrian capital Damascus, repairs tanks and other armored vehicles.

In 2016, in a message to Russian leader Vladimir Putin, Syrian President Bashar Assad compared the fight for Aleppo to the Battle of Stalingrad. Many Russian historians say that winning the Great Patriotic War, including the Battle of Stalingrad, would have been impossible without help from the home front. Supporting the analogy given by Assad, the Damascus factory functions as part of the Syrian home front, giving damaged tanks a new lease on life.

© Sputnik / Mikhail Voskresensky / Go to the photo bankWorkers install a newly repaired engine into a tank.
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Workers install a newly repaired engine into a tank.
© Sputnik / Mikhail Voskresensky / Go to the photo bankArmored vehicles at the repair and recovery factory in Damascus, Syria.
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Armored vehicles at the repair and recovery factory in Damascus, Syria.
© Sputnik / Mikhail Voskresensky / Go to the photo bankEngines from armored vehicles stored in a depot at the repair and recovery factory in Damascus, Syria.
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Engines from armored vehicles stored in a depot at the repair and recovery factory in Damascus, Syria.
© Sputnik / Mikhail Voskresensky / Go to the photo bankA worker at the repair and recovery factory in Damascus, Syria.
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A worker at the repair and recovery factory in Damascus, Syria.
© Sputnik / Mikhail Voskresensky / Go to the photo bankA damaged turret from a BMP-1 amphibious tracked infantry fighting vehicle.
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A damaged turret from a BMP-1 amphibious tracked infantry fighting vehicle.
© Sputnik / Mikhail Voskresensky / Go to the photo bankA restored T-55 main battle tank.
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A restored T-55 main battle tank.
© Sputnik / Mikhail Voskresensky / Go to the photo bankAn employee works at the repair and recovery factory in Damascus, Syria.
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An employee works at the repair and recovery factory in Damascus, Syria.
© Sputnik / Mikhail Voskresensky / Go to the photo bankWorkers in the process of repairing a tank.
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Workers in the process of repairing a tank.
© Sputnik / Mikhail Voskresensky / Go to the photo bankArmored vehicles at the repair and recovery factory in Damascus, Syria.
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Armored vehicles at the repair and recovery factory in Damascus, Syria.
© Sputnik / Mikhail Voskresensky / Go to the photo bankA worker in the transmission repairs unit.
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A worker in the transmission repairs unit.
© Sputnik / Mikhail Voskresensky / Go to the photo bankArmored vehicles at the repair and recovery factory in Damascus, Syria.
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Armored vehicles at the repair and recovery factory in Damascus, Syria.
© Sputnik / Mikhail Voskresensky / Go to the photo bankArmored vehicles at the repair and recovery factory in Damascus, Syria.
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Armored vehicles at the repair and recovery factory in Damascus, Syria.
© Sputnik / Mikhail Voskresensky / Go to the photo bankWorkers install a newly repaired engine into an armored vehicle.
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Workers install a newly repaired engine into an armored vehicle.
© Sputnik / Mikhail Voskresensky / Go to the photo bankWork in process in one of the units of the armored vehicles repair and recovery factory in Damascus, Syria.
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Work in process in one of the units of the armored vehicles repair and recovery factory in Damascus, Syria.
© Sputnik / Mikhail Voskresensky / Go to the photo bankArmored vehicles at the repair and recovery factory in Damascus, Syria.
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Armored vehicles at the repair and recovery factory in Damascus, Syria.
© Sputnik / Mikhail Voskresensky / Go to the photo bankArmored vehicles at the repair and recovery factory in Damascus, Syria.
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Armored vehicles at the repair and recovery factory in Damascus, Syria.
© Sputnik / Mikhail Voskresensky / Go to the photo bankAn employee works at the repair and recovery factory in Damascus, Syria.
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An employee works at the repair and recovery factory in Damascus, Syria.
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