The door to Dr Mousab Azzawi's clinic, on the Mediterranean coast of Syria,
was always open to anyone who needed help. But, operating in the heartland
of the feared Shabiha militia, there were some patients the doctor would
have preferred not to treat.
"They were like monsters," said Dr Azzawi, who worked in Latakia. "They
had huge muscles, big bellies, big beards. They were all very tall and
frightening, and took steroids to pump up their bodies.
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