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Syrian rebels on the cusp of losing Aleppo as humanitarian crisis deepens

Syrian rebels on the cusp of losing Aleppo as humanitarian crisis deepens

Pro-government troops in Syria have swept into the Old City quarter of Aleppo, swiftly moving toward a complete takeover of the city from rebels who had once hoped to use it as a springboard to national power.

Aid groups reported Wednesday that more than 31,000 people had been displaced by fighting in the last 10 days as troops loyal to President Bashar Assad bombarded eastern neighborhoods in an effort to dislodge the insurgents from their last stronghold.

Although a government victory in Aleppo would not end the war, it would place Assad as the undisputed master of Syria's major cities. For the rebels, losing Aleppo would be a powerful blow to their legitimacy as a military...

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