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Assad Regime Advances in Northern Syria

The Syrian civil war appears to have entered a new and perilous phase for rebels battling to oust President Bashar al-Assad. Government forces, backed by Shi'ite militiamen from Lebanon and Iran, pressed an offensive Wednesday in northern Syria after breaking a three-year-siege on two towns 30 kilometers northwest of Aleppo, the country’s one-time commercial capital. In what one rebel commander described to VOA as the most “furious fighting” in northern Syria in the past five...

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