People carry a banner while attending a protest against forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar Assad, Russia and the Syrian Democratic forces, in Tariq al-Bab neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria February 29, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail
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A Kurdish-led fighting alliance Wednesday captured a hill overlooking a main road in Aleppo from the militant Nusra Front group and its allies, in a surprise offensive aimed at encircling the northern city, Syrian opposition activists and state media said.In southern Syria, a car bomb targeted a meeting of commanders of a U.S.-backed moderate rebel group, killing 18, including the faction's top commander. A siege on rebel-held areas of Aleppo, Syria's largest city and once commercial center, would mark one of the biggest opposition setbacks since Syria's war began in March 2011 .In southern Syria, opposition activists said a car bomb has killed at least 18 rebels, including the commander of a U.S.-backed armed opposition group.The Syria Revolutionaries Front is a moderate rebel group that was mostly crushed in northern Syria in late 2014 by Al-Qaeda's Syrian branch, Nusra Front.An opposition activist, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to leak secret information, said the rebel faction was planning to attack Nusra Front in southern Syria.
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