Buildings damaged during battles between Syrian troops and rebels stand along an empty street in Mliha, some 10 kilometers southeast of downtown Damascus, Syria August 15, 2014. (AP Photo)
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The Syrian authorities and rebels agreed a truce Monday in the southern Damascus district of Qadam which was a battlefield for more than a year, state news agency SANA reported.Monday's accord came after government forces Thursday took the key Mliha area on the road to Damascus airport after months of fighting.More than 170,000 people are estimated to have been killed in the conflict that was sparked by a government crackdown on peaceful demonstrations in mid-March 2011 .
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