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In Syria, Cracks Form Around an Aleppo Offensive

Apr 12, 2016 | 22:48 GMT
The Limits of Russia's Influence in Syria
A Syrian government forces tank patrols just south of Aleppo city. Russia has denied that it is aiding in the loyalist offensive to retake the strategic city.
(GEORGE OURFALIAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The cease-fire in Syria has more or less evaporated, and Syrian loyalists, heavily reinforced by Iran, are closing in on the contested city of Aleppo. Damascus, working to bring that strategic piece of Syria back under its control before peace talks turn more serious, is painting the offensive as a...

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