Syrian troops repel rebels southwest of Aleppo

August 15, 2016 5:26 PM

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BEIRUT — Syrian troops repelled a rebel advance near Aleppo on Monday, forcing opposition forces to retreat from positions they seized a day earlier as heavy fighting continued in the country’s largest city.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu meanwhile said Moscow and Washington, which back opposite sides in the civil war, are edging closer to an agreement to defuse the fighting in the contested city.

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