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In Syria, the battle for Aleppo

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Fighters from the Syrian opposition rest at a former primary school in the center of Syria's restive northern city of Aleppo on July 25.

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A fighter with the Syrian opposition holds a Koran, Islam's holy book, and a rocket-propelled grenade.

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The mother of Usame Mircan, who was allegedly killed by a Syrian government sniper, mourns over his body with family and friends in the center Aleppo on July 25.

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A fighter from the Syrian opposition takes aims during clashes in Aleppo on July 25.

 

Reuters reports: The 16-month revolt against President Bashar al-Assad has been transformed from an insurgency in remote provinces into a battle for control of the two main cities, Aleppo and the capital, Damascus, where fighting exploded last week.

Assad's forces have launched massive counter assaults in both cities. They appear to have beaten rebels back from neighborhoods in the capital and are turning towards Aleppo, a commercial hub in the north.

Dozens are reported dead in Syria where opposition forces are fighting to maintain control of Syria's commercial capital and biggest city. NBC's Richard Engel reports.

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