Syrian army advances north of Aleppo, blocks road: monitor

February 17, 2015 8:20 AM

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Syrian army advances north of Aleppo, blocks road: monitor

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army backed by allied militia has captured several villages north of Aleppo from insurgents and blocked a main supply route leading into the northern city amid heavy fighting, a group monitoring the war said on Tuesday.

Government forces had long been expected to encircle Aleppo completely, aiming to drive insurgents from Syria's second city and block their main supply road. A U.N. mediator has been struggling to broker a ceasefire deal there.

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