In Syria, the Rebels Progress at Their Allies' Peril

Oct 27, 2016 | 09:30 GMT
In Syria, the Rebels Progress at Their Allies' Peril
The rebels' steady approach from the north is a growing concern for the Russian- and Iranian-backed forces of Syrian President Bashar al Assad, who are deeply engaged in a critical battle for Aleppo city.
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Syrian rebels, with the help of the Turkish military, are slowly making their way across northern Aleppo province. As the rebels draw closer to the strategic city of al-Bab, their progress is wreaking havoc on the plans of the Syrian civil war's other participants. Kurdish and loyalist fighters -- as well as their U.S., Russian and Iranian backers -- will be forced to rethink their strategies as the risk of conflict with the advancing rebels rises....

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