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Syrian army takes control of Damascus

Soldiers walk past damaged buildings in Yarmouk Palestinian camp in Damascus, Syria May 22, 2018.  The Syrian army has restored control over all areas surrounding the capital Damascus for the first time since early in the seven-year-old war, after pushing Islamic State militants out of a south Damascus pocket, the military said.

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Soldiers walk past damaged buildings in Yarmouk Palestinian camp in Damascus, Syria May 22, 2018. The Syrian army has restored control over all areas surrounding the capital Damascus for the first time since early in the seven-year-old war, after...more

Soldiers walk past damaged buildings in Yarmouk Palestinian camp in Damascus, Syria May 22, 2018. The Syrian army has restored control over all areas surrounding the capital Damascus for the first time since early in the seven-year-old war, after pushing Islamic State militants out of a south Damascus pocket, the military said. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
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Syrian army soldiers walk past a damaged military vehicle in al-Hajar al-Aswad, Syria May 22, 2018. Pro-Syrian government forces have been battling for weeks to recover al-Hajar al-Aswad district and the adjacent Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp from Islamic State since driving rebels from eastern Ghouta in April.

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Syrian army soldiers walk past a damaged military vehicle in al-Hajar al-Aswad, Syria May 22, 2018. Pro-Syrian government forces have been battling for weeks to recover al-Hajar al-Aswad district and the adjacent Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp from...more

Syrian army soldiers walk past a damaged military vehicle in al-Hajar al-Aswad, Syria May 22, 2018. Pro-Syrian government forces have been battling for weeks to recover al-Hajar al-Aswad district and the adjacent Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp from Islamic State since driving rebels from eastern Ghouta in April. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
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Syrian army soldiers stand on a damaged military tank in al-Hajar al-Aswad, Syria May 22, 2018. With its complete capture of the environs of the capital, the government of President Bashar al-Assad is now in by far its strongest position since the early days of the war, which has killed more than half a million people and driven more than half the population from its homes since 2011.

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Syrian army soldiers stand on a damaged military tank in al-Hajar al-Aswad, Syria May 22, 2018. With its complete capture of the environs of the capital, the government of President Bashar al-Assad is now in by far its strongest position since the...more

Syrian army soldiers stand on a damaged military tank in al-Hajar al-Aswad, Syria May 22, 2018. With its complete capture of the environs of the capital, the government of President Bashar al-Assad is now in by far its strongest position since the early days of the war, which has killed more than half a million people and driven more than half the population from its homes since 2011. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
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A Syrian army soldier stands at a damaged site in al-Hajar al-Aswad, Syria May 22, 2018. Anti-Assad rebels now mainly control just two large areas in the northwest and southwest near borders with Turkey and Jordan. Turkey and the United States also have presences in parts of Syria outside government control.

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A Syrian army soldier stands at a damaged site in al-Hajar al-Aswad, Syria May 22, 2018. Anti-Assad rebels now mainly control just two large areas in the northwest and southwest near borders with Turkey and Jordan. Turkey and the United States also...more

A Syrian army soldier stands at a damaged site in al-Hajar al-Aswad, Syria May 22, 2018. Anti-Assad rebels now mainly control just two large areas in the northwest and southwest near borders with Turkey and Jordan. Turkey and the United States also have presences in parts of Syria outside government control. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
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A chair is seen at a damaged site in al-Hajar al-Aswad, Syria May 22, 2018. The ultra-hardline jihadist group Islamic State, which was driven from most of the Euphrates River valley last year, now controls only two besieged desert areas in eastern Syria. Another insurgent group that has pledged loyalty to it holds a small enclave in the southwest.

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A chair is seen at a damaged site in al-Hajar al-Aswad, Syria May 22, 2018. The ultra-hardline jihadist group Islamic State, which was driven from most of the Euphrates River valley last year, now controls only two besieged desert areas in eastern...more

A chair is seen at a damaged site in al-Hajar al-Aswad, Syria May 22, 2018. The ultra-hardline jihadist group Islamic State, which was driven from most of the Euphrates River valley last year, now controls only two besieged desert areas in eastern Syria. Another insurgent group that has pledged loyalty to it holds a small enclave in the southwest. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
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A man gestures as he sits on the rubble of damaged buildings in al-Hajar al-Aswad, May 21. 


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A man gestures as he sits on the rubble of damaged buildings in al-Hajar al-Aswad, May 21. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

A man gestures as he sits on the rubble of damaged buildings in al-Hajar al-Aswad, May 21. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
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Syrian army soldiers ride on a motorbike at a damaged site in al-Hajar al-Aswad, May 21.



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Syrian army soldiers ride on a motorbike at a damaged site in al-Hajar al-Aswad, May 21. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

Syrian army soldiers ride on a motorbike at a damaged site in al-Hajar al-Aswad, May 21. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
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Syrian army soldiers stand among the rubble of damaged buildings in al-Hajar al-Aswad, May 21.

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Syrian army soldiers stand among the rubble of damaged buildings in al-Hajar al-Aswad, May 21. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

Syrian army soldiers stand among the rubble of damaged buildings in al-Hajar al-Aswad, May 21. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
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Syrian army soldiers stand on the rubble of damage buildings in al-Hajar al-Aswad, May 21. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

Syrian army soldiers stand on the rubble of damage buildings in al-Hajar al-Aswad, May 21. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

Syrian army soldiers stand on the rubble of damage buildings in al-Hajar al-Aswad, May 21. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
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A boy stands on the rubble of damage buildings in Yarmouk Palestinian camp in Damascus, May 21. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

A boy stands on the rubble of damage buildings in Yarmouk Palestinian camp in Damascus, May 21. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

A boy stands on the rubble of damage buildings in Yarmouk Palestinian camp in Damascus, May 21. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
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Syrian army soldiers sit on a military vehicle at a damaged site in al-Hajar al-Aswad, May 21. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

Syrian army soldiers sit on a military vehicle at a damaged site in al-Hajar al-Aswad, May 21. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

Syrian army soldiers sit on a military vehicle at a damaged site in al-Hajar al-Aswad, May 21. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
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A Syrian army soldier sits with a cigarette next to a destroyed building in al-Hajar al-Aswad, May 21. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

A Syrian army soldier sits with a cigarette next to a destroyed building in al-Hajar al-Aswad, May 21. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

A Syrian army soldier sits with a cigarette next to a destroyed building in al-Hajar al-Aswad, May 21. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
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Syrian army soldiers stand among the rubble of damage buildings in al-Hajar al-Aswad, May 21. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

Syrian army soldiers stand among the rubble of damage buildings in al-Hajar al-Aswad, May 21. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

Syrian army soldiers stand among the rubble of damage buildings in al-Hajar al-Aswad, May 21. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
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A Syrian army soldier stands on a military vehicle at a damaged site in al-Hajar al-Aswad, May 21. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

A Syrian army soldier stands on a military vehicle at a damaged site in al-Hajar al-Aswad, May 21. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

A Syrian army soldier stands on a military vehicle at a damaged site in al-Hajar al-Aswad, May 21. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
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A Syrian army soldier walks past the rubble of damaged buildings in al-Hajar al-Aswad, May 21. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

A Syrian army soldier walks past the rubble of damaged buildings in al-Hajar al-Aswad, May 21. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

A Syrian army soldier walks past the rubble of damaged buildings in al-Hajar al-Aswad, May 21. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
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A Syrian army soldier walks at the entrance of Yarmouk Palestinian camp in Damascus, May 21. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

A Syrian army soldier walks at the entrance of Yarmouk Palestinian camp in Damascus, May 21. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

A Syrian army soldier walks at the entrance of Yarmouk Palestinian camp in Damascus, May 21. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
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Syrian army soldiers walk past rubble along a street in al-Hajar al-Aswad, May 21. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

Syrian army soldiers walk past rubble along a street in al-Hajar al-Aswad, May 21. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

Syrian army soldiers walk past rubble along a street in al-Hajar al-Aswad, May 21. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
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A view of damaged buildings in al-Hajar al-Aswad, May 21. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

A view of damaged buildings in al-Hajar al-Aswad, May 21. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

A view of damaged buildings in al-Hajar al-Aswad, May 21. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
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