Aleppo Rebels Hope to Reverse Fortunes Under New Alliance

Syrian pro-government forces stand next to a 106mm recoilless anti-tank cannon as residents (unseen) fleeing the eastern part of Aleppo arrive at the Jabal Badro crossing point, which was recently retaken from rebel fighters by the regime forces, on November 30, 2016.
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BEIRUT (Reuters) – Rebels in Aleppo have agreed to form a new military alliance to better organize the defense of parts of the city they control from a ferocious assault by the government and its allies, officials in two of the insurgent groups said on Thursday.

The Syrian government assault backed by allied militia has driven the rebels from more than a third of the territory they held in eastern Aleppo, threatening to crush the rebellion in its most important urban stronghold.

Rivalry among rebel groups has been seen as one of their major flaws throughout the war.

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