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Caption:THIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN ON A GOVERNMENT-GUIDED TOUR A flag showing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad flutters near damaged buildings in Adra northeast of the capital Damascus on September 25, 2014. Syrian government troops recaptured an area of the key rebel-held town Adra used to house workers, after securing the highway and the industrial zone, a security source and monitoring group said. AFP PHOTO / LOUAI BESHARA (Photo credit should read LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images)
Caption:THIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN ON A GOVERNMENT-GUIDED TOUR A flag showing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad flutters near damaged buildings in Adra northeast of the capital Damascus on September 25, 2014. Syrian government troops recaptured an area of the key rebel-held town Adra used to house workers, after securing the highway and the industrial zone, a security source and monitoring group said. AFP PHOTO / LOUAI BESHARA (Photo credit should read LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images)

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