Syrian armored column closes in on Aleppo

Resident looks inside car of two brothers whom protesters say were killed by Syria's President Assad's forces on the outskirts of AttaripAMMAN/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syria sent thousands of troops towards Aleppo on Wednesday, where attack helicopters have been pounding rebel fighters, stepping up its assault on the country's largest city to combat a growing revolt against President Bashar al-Assad. Syria's 16-month-old uprising has been transformed from an insurgency in remote provinces into a battle for control of the two main cities, Aleppo and the capital, Damascus, where fighting exploded last week. Assad's forces have launched massive counter assaults in both cities. …