Assad's planes pound vital prize of Aleppo

A Free Syrian Army fighter holds his rifle during clashes with Syrian Army soldiers in Salah al- Din neighbourhood in central AleppoPresident Bashar al-Assad's forces used artillery, planes and a helicopter gunship to pound rebel positions in Syria's biggest city, witnesses said, in a battle that could determine the outcome of the 17-month uprising. After U.N. Security Council paralysis on Syria forced peace envoy Kofi Annan to resign last week, and with his ceasefire plan a distant memory, rebels were battered on Saturday by the onslaught they had expected in Aleppo and the capital Damascus. …

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