Syrian opposition fighters launched a major assault on government forces to break a monthslong siege of Aleppo.
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Syrian rebels launched a broad offensive for Aleppo Friday as the Russian, Syrian and Iranian foreign ministers vowed to intensify their fight against terrorism.The assault in Aleppo, employing heavy shelling and suicide car-bombs, was mainly focused on the city's western edge by rebels based in the countryside outside. The Observatory said rebels had gained most of the suburb.But a Syrian military source said earlier that the army and its allies had thwarted what he called "an extensive attack" on south and west Aleppo. Jabhat Fatah al-Sham played a big part in a rebel attack in July that managed to break the government siege on eastern Aleppo for several weeks before it was reimposed.Daesh fighters did clash with the Syrian army Friday at a government-held airbase 37 kilometers east of Aleppo, next to territory the militant group already controls, the Observatory reported.Near the capital Damascus, meanwhile, the Syrian army captured an army missile base that was held by rebels, as well as a castle.
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