Syria: Troops seize control of key road in north

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This citizen journalism image provided by Edlib News Network, ENN, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows anti-Syrian regime protesters holding a caricature placard during a demonstration, at Kafr Nabil town, in Idlib province, northern Syria, Friday, March. 1, 2013. Syrian government forces fought fierce clashes with rebels attacking a police academy near the northern city of Aleppo on Friday, while the bodies of 10 men most of them shot in the head were found dumped along the side of a road outside Damascus, activists said. (AP Photo/Edlib News Network ENN)
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DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian army officials say troops have regained control of several villages along a strategic highway near the embattled northern city of Aleppo.

The highway links the central city of Hama with Aleppo's International Airport, the second largest in Syria.

Rebels have been trying to storm the airport for weeks. They ousted troops from several military bases protecting the facility and cut off a major highway the army used to supply its troops inside the airport complex.

In a statement Saturday, the Syrian Army's General Command said its troops had carried out special operations in towns and villages along the road, restoring stability there and at the airport.

The statement was carried Saturday by the Syrian state-run SANA news agency.

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