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Activists: Syrian Rebels Capture Provincial Governor

Syrian activists say rebels have captured the governor of the northern province of Raqqa, after largely pushing government forces from the area's capital city.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Tuesday the fighters seized Hassan Jalili, calling him the highest-ranking official to be captured since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began.

The rebels took control of large parts of Raqqa city on Monday, but activists say clashes continue in some areas of the provincial capital. The city is on the Euphrates river about 80 kilometers south of Turkey.

The rebels now hold parts of several major Syrian cities, including Aleppo in the north, suburbs of the capital Damascus, and the central city of Homs. The gains are a significant blow to Mr. Assad's regime, which for two years has been battling an uprising that has escalated into a full-blown civil war.

Michael Lipin

Michael covers international news for VOA on the web, radio and TV, specializing in the Middle East and East Asia Pacific. Follow him on Twitter @Michael_Lipin

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by: Anonymous
March 05, 2013 7:18 PM
Excellent news, justice is getting closer and closer to being served to Bashar al Assad. Bashar will not escape justice and will be held accountable for the thousands of innocent civilians he has killed. Dropping bombs in civilian neighborhoods is terrorism.


by: Michael from: USA
March 05, 2013 9:11 AM
If there is a strategy it does not place a strain on the United States government. The US is remaining objective until the crisis tips this way or that


by: Ben
March 05, 2013 6:47 AM
Great Obama`s strategy to fight Al Kaida ,Muslim Brothes,other Islamists everywhere and support them in Egypt,Lybia,Syria,Gaza-around Israel.Why?

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by: georges chabhar from: montreal
March 05, 2013 10:58 AM
because .you have .Iran & Hizbollah on the other side ..its a balance game ..both worst than each other.

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by: nvo from: usa
March 05, 2013 10:22 AM
Because the Regimes agenda is to create a One World Government under the New World Order. They want the American people to be completely poor, that is why they keep devaluating the dollar OR take us to war. Inflation? There is no inflation, its the Regime devaluating the dollar. Take your pick. The Global Elites, The Rockefellers and the Bilderbergs are completely behind this and need to be EXPOSED.

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