Rebels in Aleppo attack, Putin cautious on new Russian raids

Rebel fighters from the Jaish al-Fatah (or Army of Conquest) brigades take part in a major assault on Syrian government forces west of Aleppo citySyrian rebels launched a major assault aimed at breaking a months-long siege of opposition-held districts of Aleppo, as regime ally Russia held off on renewed air strikes. Fierce fighting, shelling and car bombs that rocked the northern city killed at least 18 regime forces and allied fighters, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, but it was unable to provide a toll for the rebels. Once Syria’s economic powerhouse, Aleppo has been ravaged by the conflict that began in March 2011 with anti-government protests and has since killed more than 300,000 people.

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