Syrian army tightens grip on Aleppo but IS back in Palmyra

Syrian pro-government forces pictured in front of Islamist graffiti in Aleppo's Bab al-Nairab neighbourhood on December 10, 2016The Syrian army tightened its grip on rebels besieged in Aleppo with thousands of civilians but suffered a setback as jihadists retook much of the ancient city of Palmyra. Air strikes pummelled the shrinking rebel enclave in east Aleppo as US Secretary of State John Kerry said the Syrian regime’s “indiscriminate bombing” amounted to crimes against humanity. Western powers meeting in Paris called for peace talks to resume and for civilians to be allowed to leave Aleppo, where tens of thousands have already fled the offensive.

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