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.”
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.
Israel’s foreign minister…
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