Like many in the opposition, Qadi said the successful toppling of dictators in Egypt and Tunisia gave him hope that Assad, too, would soon fall.
Syrian rebels, civilians brace for long civil war →
"At the start I never imagined it would last this long," said rebel field commander Abdulllah Qadi, 25. "We have been at it for 20 months and we could be at it for 20 more. All we can do is keep fighting."