Syrian rebels battle for airports in Aleppo region

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BEIRUT — Syrian rebels brought tanks, mortars and homemade rockets to bear Wednesday in their offensive to seize the international airport in the city of Aleppo and a nearby military airport, a day after making other strategic military gains in the northern region.

The opposition fighters, seeking to cut off supply lines to President Bashar Assad’s forces guarding the airports, were able to gain partial control of railroads in the area, activists said.

Taking the international airport would be one of the most significant gains for the rebels in the north and could solidify the opposition’s hold on the province of Aleppo.

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