Railroad workers and technicians work on the restoration of the railway in Damascus.
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Abu Abdo eases himself into the driver's seat, itching to try out freshly laid train tracks between two suburbs of Syria's capital, Damascus.After seven years of war, the government is now back in control of nearly two-thirds of Syria's territory, after seizing large swaths back from myriad rebel and militant groups.The weeklong fair, which started Thursday, is being serviced by 28 trains each day, according to state media."When I drive a train, I feel like I'm flying," he says, happy to be back behind the wheel after six years stuck behind a desk and largely idle at the Public Transport Authority.Before the war, he had driven trains for 20 years. reconstructionOf the 2,450 kilometers of train tracks that cross Syria, some 1,800 kilometers will be repaired, according to the Transport Ministry.
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