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Syrian town of Atareb nearly deserted following fighting

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A member of the Free Syria Army walks past a destroyed Syrian forces tank in the town Atareb in northern Aleppo province on Monday. The majority of residents in Atareb have fled the town due to heavy fighting between Syrian forces and rebels for the past few months. The last convoy of Syrian army has reportedly left the town few days ago and residents are slowly returning to claim their possessions and check their homes.

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A Syrian man burns the remains of his damaged belongings in the town of Atareb in northern Aleppo province.

Msnbc.com reports that Human Rights Watch said Syrian intelligence agencies are running torture centers:

Human Rights Watch documented more than 20 torture methods that "clearly point to a state policy of torture and ill-treatment and therefore constitute a crime against humanity."It conducted more than 200 interviews with people who said they were tortured, including a 31-year-old man who was detained in the Idlib area in June and made to undress.

"Then they started squeezing my fingers with pliers. They put staples in my fingers, chest and ears. I was only allowed to take them out if I spoke. The staples in the ears were the most painful," the man told Human Rights Watch.

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