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Damascus is taken by Allenby

By United Press

LONDON -- Damascus was occupied by British forces at six o'clock yesterday morning, it was officially announced in the Palestine communique received today. There were no particulars. It is known, however, that a Turkish force of considerable size held the city.

The Turkish commander at Damascus yesterday asked for terms of surrender, according to a report received by the Manchester Guardian today.

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With Damascus in the hands of the British and the French approaching Beirut, the way is practically open to a march on Aleppo, 200 miles north of Damascus, where the railways from Damascus and Bagdad to Constantinople converge. Aleppo is about 550 miles southeast of Constantinople.

Capture of Damascus has opened the way to Aleppo 200 miles north where Allenby and Marshall -- the latter commanding the British armies in Mesopotamia -- may effect a junction for a march on Constantinople from the south.

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