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Aleppo Onslaught Drives Moderate Rebels Closer to Jihadists

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Tom Perry AMMAN/BEIRUT, Sept 29 – A Russian-backed offensive in Aleppo is pushing nationalist rebels to work more closely with jihadists, further complicating a Western policy built around supporting the moderate opposition to President Bashar al-Assad. As the government mounts a fierce attack on the city, some moderate rebels say the

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Syrian Rebels Get New Rockets from Foreign States

BEIRUT, Sept 28 – Foreign states have given Syrian rebels surface-to-surface Grad rockets of a type not previously supplied to them in response to a major Russian-backed offensive in Aleppo, a rebel commander told Reuters on Wednesday. The Grad rockets with a range of 22 km and 40 km have been supplied in “excellent quantities”

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