FILE - In this January 16, 2012, file photo, a freed Syrian prisoner carries his belongings after being released from Adra Prison on the north-east outskirts of Damascus, Syria. At the beginning of ... more 
FILE - In this January 16, 2012, file photo, a freed Syrian prisoner carries his belongings after being released from Adra Prison on the north-east outskirts of Damascus, Syria. At the beginning of the uprising against President Bashar Assad in mid-2011, when large protests were spreading around the country, activists said prisons became so full that authorities had to put detainees in sports stadiums and schools. The number of detainees dropped as the uprising turned into an insurgency and civil war, and mass arrest campaigns of protesters diminished. Aleppo’s central prison in northern Syria has been under siege for five months by rebels trying to free the inmates _ but instead, it’s turned into a grueling battle of attrition, much like Syria’s civil war at large. (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi, File) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Bassem Tellawi, File
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