There are millions of Syrians that have been either forced into refugee camps or are displaced inside the country. Protesters and activists now sit around computer screens in Beirut and Cairo, exiled from their country and the ideas they fought for during the revolt of 2011. Their case has often been documented.

But what about those that took up weapons more than two years ago to fight back against the Syrian regime? Where are they now? What became of their ideals for a democratic, free Syria?

In this month’s edition of the magazine Stephen Starr reports from Istanbul on the plight of many of the rebels in exile.

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