Captured Syrian city a test for rebel forces

FILE - In this Tuesday, March. 5, 2013 file citizen journalism image provided by Aleppo Media Center AMC which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows a Syrian man sitting on a fallen statue of former Syrian President Hafez Assad in a central square in Raqqa, Syria. Since Raqqa fell under rebel control last week, opposition fighters have posted guards at government buildings to prevent looting, brought down the price of bread and opened a telephone hotline for residents to report security problems. Raqqa is shaping up as a test case for how rebels will administer their areas. Arabic on the fallen statue reads, "tomorrow will be better." (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center AMC, File)BEIRUT (AP) — Since rebels seized the capital of Raqqa province in northern Syria from the government last week, they have posted guards at state buildings, returned bread prices to pre-war levels and opened a hotline that residents can phone to report security issues, anti-regime activists said Sunday.


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