(Syrian Independent Media Group) – Abu al-Baraa, 15, spends his days sitting in a gilt chair in a house abandoned by a family who fled the country. Once in awhile, holding a sniper rifle, he stands on the chair to survey a broad field, just nine miles away from government forces. The teenage soldier left school more than two years ago, joining a rebel militia and eventually becoming a sniper at this intersection on the border between opposition and government-controlled territories.