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In battle for Aleppo, Syria may be at stake

The future of the Syrian revolution could be at stake as regime forces and rebels fiercely battle over control of Aleppo for strategic and symbolic purposes.
A general view shows Aleppo's historic citadel, controlled by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, as seen from a rebel-held area of Aleppo, Syria July 5, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail  - RTX2JVC1
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ALEPPO, Syria — At least a dozen people, mostly women and children, were killed July 14 as the Syrian government continued to pound rebel-held areas of Aleppo with airstrikes in a battle for a strategic supply route.

Fierce battles have been raging on a daily basis on the outskirts of Aleppo between regime forces and the Syrian opposition. Fighting escalated after the government launched a major offensive July 7 against the rebel-held sector in al-Mallah, which directly overlooks Castello road, the last remaining supply route between Aleppo and its northern and western countryside. Regime forces were able to control and block the road.

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