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Closing in on Aleppo

Jul 8, 2016 | 18:39 GMT
Closing in on Aleppo
Years of fierce fighting in Aleppo have left destruction on both sides of the divided city, as evidenced by damage to the Carlton Citadel Hotel in the loyalist-controlled portion.
(GEORGE OURFALIAN/AFP/Getty Images)

After months of preparations and attacks, forces loyal to the Syrian government are close to completely encircling the rebel-held parts of Aleppo city. The battle for Aleppo will remain a focal point in the country's wide-ranging civil war, and fighting in and around the city will have an outsize influence...

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