What's at stake in the battle for Aleppo?

March 5, 2015 8:16 PM

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What's at stake in the battle for Aleppo?

Gazientep, Turkey — The battle for Syria’s largest city is intensifying, as are UN-led diplomatic efforts to arrange a local cease-fire. UN envoy Steffan De Mistura is trying to broker a halt to fighting in Aleppo between an array of Islamist and moderate rebels and the government forces of President Bashar al-Assad. Jihadist extremists also have their sights on the city, which is divided into rebel and regime enclaves.

On Wednesday, rebels launched an attack on a Syrian Air Force intelligence base in Aleppo with heavy losses of life on both sides, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The assault began with an explosion in a tunnel. Fierce fighting continued Thursday around the base in western Alep...

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