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Syrian rebels lose strategic town in boost for Assad

A soldier loyal to the Syrian regime rides a bicycle in Qusair, after the Syrian army took control of the city from rebel fighters, June 5, 2013. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

A soldier loyal to the Syrian regime rides a bicycle in Qusair, after the Syrian army took control of the city from rebel fighters, June 5, 2013. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

A soldier loyal to the Syrian regime rides a bicycle in Qusair, after the Syrian army took control of the city from rebel fighters, June 5, 2013. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
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Soldiers loyal to the regime and civilians holding the Syrian national flag stand near boxes containing aid from the Syrian army in Qusair, after the army took control of the city from rebel fighters, June 5, 2013. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

Soldiers loyal to the regime and civilians holding the Syrian national flag stand near boxes containing aid from the Syrian army in Qusair, after the army took control of the city from rebel fighters, June 5, 2013. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

Soldiers loyal to the regime and civilians holding the Syrian national flag stand near boxes containing aid from the Syrian army in Qusair, after the army took control of the city from rebel fighters, June 5, 2013. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
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A soldier raises his weapon while holding a Syrian flag in Qusair after the Syrian army took control of the city from rebel fighters in this still image taken from video, June 5, 2013. REUTERS/Syrian Tv/Handout via Reuters

A soldier raises his weapon while holding a Syrian flag in Qusair after the Syrian army took control of the city from rebel fighters in this still image taken from video, June 5, 2013. REUTERS/Syrian Tv/Handout via Reuters

A soldier raises his weapon while holding a Syrian flag in Qusair after the Syrian army took control of the city from rebel fighters in this still image taken from video, June 5, 2013. REUTERS/Syrian Tv/Handout via Reuters
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Diggers are seen in Qusair after Syrian army took control of the city from rebel fighters in this still image taken from video, June 5, 2013. REUTERS/Al-Manar/Handout via Reuters

Diggers are seen in Qusair after Syrian army took control of the city from rebel fighters in this still image taken from video, June 5, 2013. REUTERS/Al-Manar/Handout via Reuters

Diggers are seen in Qusair after Syrian army took control of the city from rebel fighters in this still image taken from video, June 5, 2013. REUTERS/Al-Manar/Handout via Reuters
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A tank is seen in Qusair after the Syrian army took control of the city from rebel fighters in this still image taken from video, June 5, 2013. REUTERS/Al-Manar/Handout via Reuters

A tank is seen in Qusair after the Syrian army took control of the city from rebel fighters in this still image taken from video, June 5, 2013. REUTERS/Al-Manar/Handout via Reuters

A tank is seen in Qusair after the Syrian army took control of the city from rebel fighters in this still image taken from video, June 5, 2013. REUTERS/Al-Manar/Handout via Reuters
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