Syrian government raises flag over cr...

Syrian government raises flag over cradle of 2011 revolt

The Syrian government has raised its flag over Daraa, the first city to revolt against President Bashar Assad in 2011 and plunge the country into its calamitous civil war. The display is laden with symbolism as the government moves to stamp out the last of the uprising against Assad, who has ruled with an iron fist over Syria for 18 years.

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