Syria's Deraa: Regime raises flag in cradle of protest movement

Capture of province's capital is a symbolic victory for the Bashar al-Assad regime in the more-than-seven-year war that has seen rebels lose most of their territory.

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    Syrian government forces and their Russian allies have raised the national flag over Deraa province's capital, which has been held by rebels for years. It is a highly symbolic moment in the more-than-seven-year Syrian war.

    Major protests against President Bashar al-Assad first erupted in Deraa in 2011 and were widely seen as heralding the start of the conflict.

    Al Jazeera's Zeina Zhodr reports from Beirut.


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