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URGENT ¥¥¥ Syria's Raqa under total rebel control: watchdog


Syria's northern city of Raqa came under total rebel control Wednesday, two days into battles with troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad's regime over the army's last bastion there, a watchdog said.

"Raqa city is now out of the army's control, after military intelligence troops surrendered to rebels following fierce clashes that raged for two days," Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.