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Govt troops capture historic mosque in Syria

Beirut: Syrian state media says government forces have captured a historic mosque that has been under rebel control for more than a year in the central city of Homs.

State TV quotes an unnamed military official as saying that troops took control Saturday of the 13th-century mosque of Khalid Ibn al-Walid in the heavily disputed northern neighborhood of Khaldiyeh.

 Govt troops capture historic mosque in Syria

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The mosque is famous for its nine domes and two minarets. It has been a symbol for rebels in the city that is known as "the capital of the revolution." On Monday, government troops shelled the mosque, damaging the tomb of Ibn al-Walid, a revered figure in Islam.

Government troops launched an offensive on rebel-held areas in Homs late last month and have been pushing into Khaldiyeh and nearby neighborhoods.

Associated Press

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Updated Date: Jul 27, 2013 20:40:56 IST