Syria rebels say fighting army in Salaheddine

August 9, 2012 12:24

ALEPPO, Syria - Syrian rebels said they had regained control over parts of a strategic district of Aleppo on Thursday after countering a sustained assault by Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces seeking to retake Syria's biggest city.

They said army tanks had pulled back from Salaheddine, the southern gateway to Aleppo, and pockets of fighting continued across the district which Syrian official media said on Wednesday had been "cleansed" of rebel fighters.

As the battle for Aleppo raged, Assad's key foreign backer Iran gathered ministers from like-minded states for talks about how to end the conflict. Russia, a key Assad ally, said its ambassador to Tehran would attend.

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