Aleppo Rebels, Nearing Defeat, Seek Cease-Fire

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From The Wall Street Journal:

“Syrian rebels in Aleppo called Wednesday for a five-day cease-fire to evacuate civilians and the severely wounded from the neighborhoods of the city they still control—a tacit admission by the opposition that it has been all but defeated in a critical battlefront of the war.

The proposal still requires the approval of the regime in Damascus and its main military ally Russia. Under the plan, if a deal is reached the government and rebels would negotiate the future status of what was once Syria’s largest city and its economic powerhouse.

That would likely set the stage for a full rebel withdrawal from Aleppo following a string of other opposition losses across the country.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Hamburg on Wednesday to discuss efforts to stem the violence in Aleppo. Mr. Kerry will raise the rebel proposal during the talks, a Western diplomat and a Western adviser to the Syrian opposition said.”

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