Syrian Regime Forces Close In On Aleppo

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Syrian forces are reported to have recaptured land
close to Aleppo from rebels with the help of heavy
Russian air raids.

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Government fighters have taken control of two
hilltops and two small villages in the southwest
suburbs, said monitoring group the Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights.
The advance turns back Sunday’s gains from a
rebel offensive launched to ease the regime’s siege
of eastern opposition-held districts of the divided
city.

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A man rides a bicycle past burning tyres
which activists say is used to create smoke
cover from warplanes, in Aleppo

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