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DIY War: Syrian Rebels Constructing Homemade Weapons

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Syrian rebels prepare a mortar in Aleppo's Salaheddine neighborhood on July 9, 2013. Weapons like this are now being manufactured by rebels at improvized factories in the city. (Photo: REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah)

The Obama Administration has vowed to supply the Syrian rebels with weapons.

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But it's moving very slowly on that.

So for now, the rebels have to make do with weapons from other sources: the ones they get from friendly Gulf states; the ones they can capture; and the ones they can make themselves.

Matthieu Aikins wrote on an in-depth story for Wired Magazine on Syria's "Makers of War."

He focuses on one self-made weapons engineer, who goes by the name of Abu Yassin, in Aleppo.

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