Syrian government forces look at a bridge broken by ISIS connecting the village of al-Tiba with Aleppo's thermal power plant on the eastern outskirts of the Syria's northern embattled city of Aleppo February 21, 2016. / AFP / GEORGE OURFALIAN
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ISIS fighters were reported to have tightened their grip on a Syrian government supply route to Aleppo Tuesday as the army battled to retake the road, which is important to its campaign to retake the city.As Damascus accepted a U.S.-Russian plan for a "cessation of hostilities" between the government and rebels due to take effect on Saturday, heavy Russian air strikes were also said to be targeting one of the last roads into opposition-held parts of Aleppo. Rebels say the exclusion of ISIS and the Al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front will give the government a pretext to keep attacking them because its fighters are widely spread in opposition-held areas.Damascus, backed by ground forces including Lebanon's Hezbollah and Iranian Revolutionary Guards, is making significant advances, including near the city of Aleppo which is split between rebel- and government-control.The YPG, an ally of the United States in the fight against ISIS in Syria, has recently received Russian air support during an offensive against rebels near Aleppo.A rebel fighter in the Aleppo area said he did not expect the ceasefire plan to work.
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