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Syria offers to swap prisoners with rebels

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Syria said on Friday it was ready to swap prisoners with the rebels and would take swift steps that could lead to the first such mass exchange in nearly three years of fighting. 

A prisoner, who was involved in the popular uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, sits on a bus after 275 inmates were released in Damascus on July 11, 2012

The announcement by Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem in Moscow could mark another diplomatic success for Russia after the Kremlin managed to convince its ally Damascus to renounce its chemical weapons in order to avert imminent US air strikes.

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