Syrian rebels launch new operation in Aleppo

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BEIRUT — Emboldened Syrian rebels launched a major operation in the north, targeting security compounds and bases around the country’s largest city of Aleppo, activists said today.

The coordinated strikes come two days after President Bashar Assad conceded his forces have been unable to quell the more than 17-month-old rebellion against him.

Weeks of intense bombardments by the Syrian military, including airstrikes, have failed to dislodge the rebels. Instead, Assad’s opponents have become more brazen as fighting rages and the civil war shows no sign of ending soon.

The new operation, called “The Northern Volcano,” will focus on coordinated attacks on specific military and intelligence targets in the city and surrounding province of the same name, said Mohammed Saeed, an activist based in Aleppo, via Skype.

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