A member of the Syrian pro-government forces stands amid heavily damaged buildings in Aleppo's 1070 district on November 8, 2016, after troops seized it from rebel fighters. AFP / GEORGES OURFALIAN
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The Syrian army said it had taken a strategic district of Aleppo Tuesday in what would mark the most important advance in the divided city by Damascus and its allies in weeks.The 1070 Apartments district is located on the southwestern outskirts of Aleppo and lies alongside the government's corridor into the parts of the city that it controls.A Syrian military source said the army and allied forces were in complete control of the area and surrounding hills.Officials in two rebel groups fighting in Aleppo – Syria's largest city and commercial hub before the war – said insurgent forces were still trying to fight back.Turkey has sent its own forces across the border to back Syrian opposition fighters, and has suggested they lead the offensive to retake Raqqa.A United States defense official said that the agreement Dunford made with his Turkish counterpart was not explicitly a U.S. prohibition on Syrian Kurdish fighters going into Raqqa.
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