Assad sends in more fighters to crush Aleppo rebels


BEIRUT: The Syrian regime has sent thousands of reinforcements to Aleppo, after suffering one of its most significant setbacks in the five-year war.

Rebel forces made a breakthrough at the weekend, relieving the siege on the east of the city, where up to 300,000 residents were at risk of starvation.

“The world abandoned Aleppo; the jihadis came to the rescue. Al-Qaeda’s rebranding could hardly have asked for more,” said Kyle Orton, of the Henry Jackson Society think tank.

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