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Spanish Reporters Captured in Syria Return to Madrid

© AP Photo / Pool Moncloa via APIn this photo made available by Presidencia del Gobierno on Sunday, May 8, 2016, Spanish journalists Jose Manuel Lopez and Angel Sastre, center, arrive at the Torrejon military airbase in Madrid, Spain
In this photo made available by Presidencia del Gobierno on Sunday, May 8, 2016, Spanish journalists Jose Manuel Lopez and Angel Sastre, center, arrive at the Torrejon military airbase in Madrid, Spain - Sputnik International
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Three Spanish journalists returned from Aleppo on Sunday, Acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced.

People walk amid the rubble of destroyed buildings following a reported air strike on the rebel-held neighbourhood of al-Kalasa in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, on April 28, 2016 - Sputnik International
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MADRID (Sputnik) — Three Spanish journalists who were released from captivity in Syria’s Aleppo returned to Madrid on Sunday, Acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced.

Antonio Pampliega, Jose Manuel Lopez and Angel Sastre, who were working as freelancers for several Spanish news outlets, were abducted in Aleppo in July 2015. They were released and transferred to Turkey on Saturday.

"Finally at home we will soon [see] Antonio, Jose Manuel and Angel. I share the joy of their families, colleagues and friends. MR," Rajoy tweeted after special aircraft with the reporters on board had landed at Torrejon air base near Madrid. 

​Syria has been mired in civil war since March 2011, with government forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad fighting numerous opposition factions and extremist groups, including Nursa Front, outlawed in many countries including Russia.

Aleppo, the largest city in Syria, was attacked by militants in 2012. Since then, Syrian government forces have been fighting for the city.

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