Syria army, allies advance near Aleppo with Russian cover

Syrian soldiers walk down a road around Kweyris military airport, in eastern Aleppo province, on October 16, 2015Syrian regime forces edged forward in the northern province of Aleppo with air cover from Russian warplanes, but faced fierce resistance from rebel forces in the country’s centre. Since Moscow began its air campaign in support of its Damascus ally on September 30, the army and its allies have launched four ground offensives against rebel forces in northern and central Syria, the latest push forward in a years-long conflict that a monitor said has killed more than 250,000 people. Syrian troops have gone on the attack in Aleppo, Hama, Homs and Latakia provinces, taking advantage of Russian air strikes against Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front and other rebel groups.

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