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  3/4/2013, Adar 22, 5773

Syrian Rebels Poised to Conquer Entire City of Raqa

For the first time, Syrian opposition forces are poised to conquer an entire city – the northern provincial capital of Raqa, on the Euphrates River. Raqa is located about 80 kilometers (50 miles) south of the border with Turkey, and has been the scene of fierce fighting for days.

According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Syrian Army troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad are fighting both the mainstream Free Syrian Army, and radical Islamist Al-Nusra Front jihadist forces, who apparently joined together for this battle.