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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Umit Sonmez
Syrian rebels Wednesday freed 48 Iranians held captive since August in exchange for the release of more than 2,000 detainees in the first major prisoner swap of the country's civil war, officials said.
"This is the largest prisoner exchange to date," he said. "We are pleased that people from all sides who were held and victimized have finally been freed."
Speaking in Istanbul, Umit Sonmez of the Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief said the 48 Iranians were handed over to aid workers soon after the Syrian regime let a group go.