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France urges moderate rebels to get upper hand on jihadis

Sunday, June 23, 2013 - 01:34

June 23 - French President Francois Hollande says moderate rebels must take territory held by radical Islamists in Syria. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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A massive explosion at an airport in Aleppo as rebel forces seek to reverse gains made by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. The video, which could not be independently verified by Reuters comes after Western and Arab countries known as the "Friends of Syria" agreed Saturday to give urgent military support to the rebels. French President Francois Hollande is now urging moderate rebels to wrest territory back from radical Islamists. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH PRESIDENT, FRANCOIS HOLLANDE, SAYING: "They must take back control of these regions that have fallen in extremists' hands.The opposition must take back control of these regions -- and of these groups to move them away." In Damascus the battle for control is going house to house. The sound of gunfire is relentless. Everyone is fighting for their life. At least 93,000 people have already died in the conflict -- and so far there is little let up in the fight. More footage appears to show a government soldier running for cover as rebel forces launch an attack. The conflict has now gone on some 27 months as the struggle to gain the upper hand has a lethal legacy on the ground.

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France urges moderate rebels to get upper hand on jihadis

Sunday, June 23, 2013 - 01:34