Last updated: May 21, 2018

Jihadists launch offensive to ease Aleppo siege

Now insurgents have attacked Aleppo from the south, a region divided between loyalists backed by Iranian fighters and Hezbollah on the one hand, and Syrian and foreign jihadists allied with rebel groups on the otherJihadist forces allied to rebels attacked regime forces south and southwest of Aleppo Sunday in a bid to ease the siege of Syria's second city, rebels and a monitor said. Since July 17, President Bashar al-Assad's forces have surrounded rebel-held districts of Aleppo city, one of the main front lines in the conflict ravaging the country since 2011. On Sunday, Islamist groups such as the influential Ahrar al-Sham and jihadists including from the former Al-Nusra Front — rebranded Jabhat Fateh al-Sham after breaking from Al-Qaeda — said they had begun a battle to try to reopen a new supply route.

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