Activists: Syrian rebels seize major dam in north

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BEIRUT — Syrian rebels today captured a hydroelectric dam on the Euphrates River in the country’s north after days of heavy clashes, carting off boxes of ammunition from defeated regime forces in the latest in a string of recent strategic advances for opposition fighters, activists said.

Also today, activists said rebels and pro-government Kurdish gunmen struck a truce to end days of fighting in the town of Ras al-Ayn near the border with Turkey that opposition forces entered earlier this month.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said rebel fighters overran regime defenses and captured the Tishrin Dam before dawn today. Observatory director Rami Abdul-Rahman said the dam supplies several areas of Syria with electricity.

On Sunday, the rebels captured a regime helicopter base outside Damascus before pulling back for fear of government airstrikes.

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