Built from scrap, the primitive but deadly firearms Chechen rebels use to take on the might of Russia | UPDATED: 23:20 GMT, 21 December 2012 Since the fall of the USSR, Russia and Chechnya haven't exactly been best of friends. In the mid and late nineties both countries have squared off with each other through two wars and various insurgencies, all in the name of sovereignty in a post-Soviet world
Syrian 'dictator' Bashar al-Assad 'cannot win', says his OWN vice president Farouq al-Sharaa says neither Assad nor the rebels can can win the warBattle now being fought on outskirts of Assad's powerbase in DamascusMost prominent figure to say in public that Assad will not win | UPDATED: 19:46 GMT, 17 December 2012 President Bashar al-Assad can not win the Syrian war according to his own vice president. Farouq al-Sharaa said that neither the forces of the president or rebels seeking to overthrow him can win the war which is now being fought on the outskirts of Assad's powerbase in Damascus. Sharaa, a Sunni Muslim in a power structure dominated by Assad's Alawite minority, has rarely been seen since the Syrian revolt erupted in March 2011 and is not part of the president's inner circle directing the fight against Sunni rebels.