As the battle between rebels and the Syrian government rages on, information is one of the most powerful weapons used. Accordingly, when a Syrian military helicopter crashed yesterday, two explanations emerged.
It doesn't get nearly as much attention in Western news media as it should, but the Syrian uprising is still underway as rebels from the Free Syrian Army work to push the military regime out of the country. And the rebels here seem to be relying heavily on motorcycles as a way of transportation.
"Horsepower is old news. Big MPGs are what it's all about," reads the promotional blurb for the Pump Rebels 2012 Calendar.
The Libyan rebels assembled a motorized cavalry of mostly civilian trucks outfitted with crude armor and even cruder weapons almost overnight. Where'd they come from? Secret workshops run by brave mechanics using junk tools and spit-and-gum techniques to keep the troops at the front armed.
Libyan rebels continue a tenuous back-and-forth with Qaddafi's forces, bolstered by the occasional NATO fist from the sky. And it's a good thing they've got the ol' Treaty Organization behind them, because the insurrection's a bit... ragtag.