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Syrian government drives rebels from a swathe of Aleppo

Monday, November 28, 2016 - 01:06

The Syrian army announces the capture of a large swathe of eastern Aleppo in an accelerating attack that threatens to crush the opposition. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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An air of celebration as the Syrian army announces the capture of a large swathe of eastern Aleppo. Syrian forces and allies are reclaiming ground from rebels in an accelerating attack that threatens to crush the opposition in its most important urban stronghold. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the northern portion of eastern Aleppo lost by the rebels amounted to more than a third of the territory they had held, calling it the biggest defeat for the opposition in Aleppo since 2012. Capturing eastern Aleppo would be the biggest victory for President Bashar al-Assad since the start of the uprising against him in 2011. It would also be seen as a victory for his allies, Russia and Iran, which have outmaneuvered the West and Assad's regional enemies through direct military intervention.

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Syrian government drives rebels from a swathe of Aleppo

Monday, November 28, 2016 - 01:06