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Syrian rebels, military fight over key highways

BEIRUT — Syrian rebels on Saturday blocked a newly built bypass road linking the capital Damascus with the northern city of Aleppo, an activist group said, while state media reported that government troops secured a strategic highway between the capital and the southern city of Daraa.

In northern Syria, rebels took over two army posts on a desert road that serves as an alternate route into the city of Aleppo after days of fighting, said Rami-Abdul-Rahman, who heads the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

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