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    • The Pride of Syria: Female Warriors Defending Damascus
    • The Pride of Syria: Female Warriors Defending Damascus
    • The Pride of Syria: Female Warriors Defending Damascus
    • The Pride of Syria: Female Warriors Defending Damascus
    • The Pride of Syria: Female Warriors Defending Damascus
    • The Pride of Syria: Female Warriors Defending Damascus
    • The Pride of Syria: Female Warriors Defending Damascus
    • The Pride of Syria: Female Warriors Defending Damascus
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    A female Syrian soldier from the Republican Guard commando battalion drives a tank during clashes with rebels in the restive Jobar area, in eastern Damascus. March 25, 2015.

    The Syrian female Republican Guard commando battalion was created about a year ago. The unit consists of 800 female soldiers, nicknamed the 'Lionesses of Defense' who are deployed in the suburbs of the Syrian capital to defend the city against insurgents.

    The Syrian female Republican Guard commando battalion was created about a year ago. The unit consists of 800 female soldiers, nicknamed the 'Lionesses of Defense' who are deployed in the suburbs of the Syrian capital to defend the city against insurgents.

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