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The Syrian regime's offensive in Aleppo ground to a virtual halt Thursday as both sides sought to put the best face on their achievements thus far in this week's surprise escalation in the north.The Shamiah Front, a rebel alliance grouping Aleppo-based rebel militias, posted a video showing more than 40 of the regime forces who were captured Tuesday and Wednesday during the government's offensive north of Aleppo, aimed at blocking the rebel supply route from Turkey.Rebel groups often refer to the regime army as being from the Alawite minority, although most of the captives who appear in the video are Sunnis.Regime supporters have emphasized that the Nusra Front has played a leading role in the battles and that the rebels received reinforcements and military assistance from Turkey, claims that have been brushed off by opposition supporters.The government side has also claimed that the government offensive had in effect cut off the rebel supply line north of the city leading to Turkey, while pro-opposition sources denied this was the case.
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