>> With hundreds of thousands killed and millions forced to flee, the Syrian conflict has taken so much from so many. For Fouad Al-Ghurabi, it has taken part of his liver, and intestines, and a finger. That happened at the start of the conflict seven years ago. When Assad's troops cracked down on Syrian's Arab spring uprising.
> I took five bullets in my abdomen, chest, and finger. Guys helped me, but the hospital could not operate on me. Or what they should have done as the area was controlled by the government. They did first aid then I was smuggled out of the hospital, and some men with connections to the border took me to Turkey>> Months later he returned to the city of Idlib, where he fought for the Western-backed Free Syrian Army.
And later the Saudi-backed Islamist Coalition, Jaysh al-Islam. And the war has continued to take from him, three of his brothers have been killed fighting in Syria's Northwest. He too says he'll fight to the death alongside rebels. But also believes that the original ideals of the revolution have now died.
When an alliance of Jihadist groups took over Idlib in 2016, Al-Ghurabi returned home. Where he set up a group of 45 local fighters to defend his village against both Assad and Islamist factions. In recent years the tide of Syria's war has turned in Assad's favor. Due to the heavy military support provided by allies, Russia and Iran.
For many among the rebels, the war is also taking their hope. Though hatred of the Syrian regime means people like Al-Ghurabi will fight on.