Syrians gather with their belongings on the rebel controlled side of the Bustan al-Qasr checkpoint in Syria's northern city of Aleppo on February 5, 2014, awaiting to cross to the government controlled side. AFP PHOTO / MEDO HALAB
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Rebels announced a new military campaign in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo on Thursday, a few days after government forces stepped up air attacks in a bid to recapture territory and drive residents out of opposition-held areas.The largest Syrian rebel coalition, known as the Islamic Front, joined forces with the Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda's franchise in Syria, to launch an assault dubbed "The promise of truth approaches", a reference to a Quranic verse about Judgment Day. Forces loyal to Assad have been making small gains on rebel-held parts of Syria's second city, advances which many opposition sources blame on weeks of rebel infighting that has killed over 2,300 combatants.
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