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Four sons killed fighting for Assad, but mother's loyalty to regime endures

Of the estimated 150,000 killed in Syria in the last three years, at least 58,000 were regime fighters – an estimated 20,000 more than the opposition.

By Kristin SolbergCorrespondent / April 20, 2014

George Ourfalian/Reuters

Pictures of Tamima Abbas's dead sons hang on her living room wall: strong-looking men in uniform, toting guns, some forever caught in a smile. Next to them hangs a portrait of a resolute President Bashar al-Assad.