Official: Syrian rebels brace for showdown in Aleppo
Leaders of Syrian rebel forces ordered their fighters to attack hundreds of government troops heading toward Aleppo, the country’s largest city, a Free Syrian Army official told CNN Wednesday.
The Syrian regime withdrew about 2,000 fully equipped troops, along with their tanks and artillery, from Idlib and sent them to Aleppo, about 40 miles away, the official said.
As the commercial hub of Syria, Aleppo is a crucial city in the country’s 16-month conflict. If rebels eventually gain control of the city it would mark a pivotal point in the Syrian crisis and deal a heavy blow to President Bashar al-Assad’s financial ties.
Across Syria at least 80 people, including nine children, were killed in fresh violence Wednesday, opposition activists said. The dead included 23 people in Damascus and its suburbs and 10 in Aleppo, the Local Coordination Committees of Syria said.
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