Syrian troops repulse rebel attack in Aleppo
BEIRUT — Syria’s state media said today that government troops repulsed a rebel attack on a police school in the northern city of Aleppo, one day after President Bashar Assad called on Syrians to fight an opposition driven by what he characterized as religious extremists.
Aleppo, Syria’s largest city and a former commercial hub, has been a major front in the civil war since July, with battles often raging for control of military and security facilities such as the police school.
In his speech Sunday, Assad sketched out terms for a peace plan but dismissed any chance of dialogue with the armed opposition.
Assad offered a national reconciliation conference, elections and a new constitution but demanded regional and Western countries stop funding and arming rebels trying to overthrow his regime first. Syria’s opposition swiftly rejected the proposal.