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Syrian forces break rebels' long siege of prison in Aleppo
Syrian forces break rebels' long siege of prison in Aleppo

Syrian government forces have broken a long siege on the strategically situated prison in the northern city of Aleppo, government and pro-opposition groups said Thursday. The advance of tanks and troops into the sprawling prison complex on the northeastern edge of Aleppo is the latest victory for government forces ahead of the presidential election scheduled for June 3. The government is keen to project an image of mounting battlefield victories in the run-up to the election, which is widely expected to result in another seven-year term for President Bashar Assad. Forces loyal to Assad have fought off a 3-year-old uprising and have taken the offensive on several fronts in Syria,...

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