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Inside the Syrian Conflict

The conflict in Syria continues to drag on and the battle for Aleppo, Syria's commercial capital and second city, has so far failed to create the tipping point that the rebels had hoped would be a precursor to their assault on Damascus. The Assad regime is taking more and more desperate measures, using artillery and war planes as an alternative to sending in ground troops for fear of army desertions. The rebel Free Syrian Army controls large swathes of northern Syria where it maintains the support of the people, but can do little to defend them against the Syrian Air Force's Russian jets. Meanwhile, thousands of civilians have been killed and even more are fleeing the conflict areas, some for a second time.
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