Heavy fighting in Aleppo as opposition eyes 'new strategy'

Syrian fire-fighters put out a blaze at the scene of a reported barrel bomb strike by regime forces on the Qadi Askar rebel-held district of Aleppo, on March 5, 2015Heavy fighting shook the Syrian city of Aleppo as the exiled opposition chief said for the first time that President Bashar al-Assad’s ouster need not be a pre-condition for peace talks. US Secretary of State John Kerry said meanwhile that “military pressure” may be needed to oust Assad, as Moscow announced it would host a fresh round of peace talks next month. An attack Thursday targeting leaders of the jihadist Al-Nusra Front killed several leaders of the Al-Qaeda affiliate in the northwestern province of Idlib, a monitoring group said. Al-Nusra fighters were involved in a spectacular assault Wednesday on an air force intelligence headquarters in Aleppo, Syria’s second city where regime forces and rebels were engaged in fierce clashes.

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