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EU's Mogherini says fall of Aleppo won't end Syria war

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini (C) talks to reporters during the Black Blade military exercise involving several European Union countries and organised by the European Defence Agency, at Florennes airbase, Belgium November 30, 2016. REUTERS/Yves Herman

ROME (Reuters) - European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini is convinced the fall of rebel-held areas of Aleppo to the government would not end the war in Syria, she said on Saturday.

“I’m convinced the fall of Aleppo will not end the war,” Mogherini said during a panel discussion at a conference in Rome war with U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura.

Syrian government forces backed by allied militia have captured swathes of Aleppo from rebel groups over the last week in a ferocious offensive.

Reporting by Isla Binni; Writing by Tom Perry in Beirut; editing by Susan Thomas