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Iranian Captives Freed in Prisoner Exchange in Syria

• nytimes.com
 The exchange, brokered by Turkey and Qatar, came days after Mr. Assad warned on Sunday that he would not abandon the fight against armed adversaries pressing on the approaches to the Syrian capital, Damascus, and brushed aside calls for him to quit.

While the Iranian Foreign Ministry in Tehran confirmed the release of its citizens in a statement to the official IRNA news agency, precise details of the prisoners being released in exchange for them remained unclear.

But Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a regional power broker allied to the Western and Arab nations seeking Mr. Assad’s departure, said he hoped the exchange on Wednesday would lead to freedom for more prisoners in Syria.

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