Syrian rebels seize key river city
Forces in Raqqa take palace; in Iraq, 48 refugee soldiers die in attack
Posted: March 5, 2013 at 5:09 a.m.
Syrian rebel fighters seized much of the contested north-central city of Raqqa on Monday after days of heavy clashes with government forces, smashing a statue of President Bashar Assad’s father in the central square and occupying the governor’s palace, according to activist groups and videos uploaded to the Internet.
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