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Contradictions in Syrian Conflict Seen in Battle for Aleppo Countryside

A monthslong struggle for control of the northern Aleppo countryside between Syrian insurgent factions and Islamic State militants is at a stalemate, partly because Western and Gulf-backed rebel militias are being forced to reinforce south of Syria’s onetime commercial capital to combat Russian-backed Syrian army and Lebanese Shi'ite forces, admit insurgent commanders and fighters. The impasse risks forcing the hand of Kurdish-led forces east of the Euphrates, encouraging them to...

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