Rumours swirl of final showdown in Aleppo as Syrian reinforcements rush to vital hub

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Syrian troops rushed dozens of tanks and reinforcements Wednesday toward Aleppo, the country’s strategically vital commercial capital, in a bid to crush a rebel advance that has spread to wide swaths of the sprawling city.

As five days of fighting in Aleppo intensified, and with rumours swirling of a final showdown in that city, neighboring Turkey tightened its borders but said refugees will be allowed through.

“We are expecting a big attack on Aleppo,” Mohammed Saeed, an activist based in Aleppo, told The Associated Press. “People are worried they might face random shelling while fleeing.”

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The rebels have made stunning advances over the past week, but the battle for control of Syria, a geographic and political linchpin at the heart of the Middle East, is far from over. And the potential for wider, regional unrest is great.

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