WORLD NEWS SYRIA-ROADTRIP 3 MCT

Jonathan S. Landay/MCT

Tartous, Syria - Relatives and friends of Ibrahim Yeya Issa, a 32-year-old Army soldier killed fighting Islamist rebels, carry his coffin through the streets, of Tartous, Syria, chanting slogans praising President Bashar Assad. They are from Assad's Alawite sect. Tartous' Alawites are fanaticallty devoted to Assad and thousands have died fighting for him in the civil war.

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