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The rebels have also, throughout the course of the uprising, amassed significant quantities of weapons, ammunition, vehicles and equipment by overrunning regime positions and capturing lightly guarded depots.Jeffrey White, a defense fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, believes that captured weaponry appears to be the most important fuel of the armed rebellion, followed by self-made arms and materiel, and then foreign-supplied items. The regime and its supporters often talk about how rebels have established workshops for manufacturing car bombs, but these are largely outstripped in importance by the mini-industries that produce a range of conventional military weapons, such as hand grenades, mortar bombs, rocket launchers and crude rockets, and in some cases the wooden crates and boxes used to transport items around the country.The group said it was seeking to make up for both the lack of quality weapons available to the armed opposition.Sayigh and other experts say that the rebels are in an ongoing, trial-and-error process of determining which homemade weapons are effective, as various groups try and then abandon items that don't work out.Within the homemade weapons sector there are specializations among regions, according to a Syrian observer of the military conflict. In the meantime, rebel groups have continued to all sorts of captured and homemade weapons, including something as crude as medieval-style catapults and trebuchets, to launch explosives at regime targets.
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