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Syrian government troops launch ground assault to retake Aleppo

Syrian government troops launch ground assault to retake Aleppo

For several days this month, a cease-fire brought some measure of peace to the embattled city of Aleppo, where warring sides in Syria’s civil war have long been locked in a stalemate.

But the lull in fighting quickly ended. The violence escalated dramatically Tuesday as pro-government forces launched a brutal ground offensive on opposition-held neighborhoods of the city.

Activists reached through instant messaging said the ground attack was aided by an “insane” aerial bombardment by Russian and Syrian warplanes targeting the eastern neighborhoods of Shaar and Mashhad.

The state news agency SANA reported Tuesday that government units seized control of...

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