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Syria Claims Takeover of 2 Aleppo Villages

The Syrian army claimed Wednesday that it has ended the rebel siege of two Shi'ite villages in Aleppo, handing the government of President Bashar al-Assad a major victory. Syrian state television said the army and Shi'ite militias known as the Popular Defense Committees had broken the rebels' three-year blockade around Nubul and Zahraa, part of the government's advance in Aleppo province in recent days. The rebel defeat allows Syrian forces to take control of a supply...

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