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Six months ago, a slender, soft-spoken 21-year-old Syrian worked in an ice cream factory. The young man’s primary concern then: spending time with his girlfriend.

But last December, he was drafted into the Syrian army. A lot has changed since then.
A few weeks ago, the conscript, who asked not to be identified to protect his family from possible reprisals, deserted and fled Syria after he was repeatedly ordered to open fire on un-armed demonstrators who were protesting against the Syrian government.

“Our officer gave us the order to shoot at the people,” the soldier said, in an interview with CNN. “It didn’t matter how many people would be killed, the important thing was for the protest to be dispersed.”

Source: Ivan Watson for CNN.

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