Syrian rebels capture most of northern city

In this Sunday March 3, 2013 image taken from video obtained from the Shaam News Network, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, a Syrian rebel fighters displays an epaulette from a government soldier during a tour of the police academy complex in Khan al-Asal, in the province of Aleppo, Syria. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the rebels seized the police academy in Khan al-Asal after entering the sprawling government complex with captured tanks. The Observatory said the battle left at least 120 soldiers and 80 rebels dead. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video)BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels pushed government troops from most of the northern city of Raqqa Monday, setting off celebrations in a central square where scores of cheering protesters tore down a bronze statue of President Bashar Assad's late father and predecessor, activists said.


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