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Rebels face air strikes as diplomats discuss solutions to Syrian conflict

Ahmed Jadallah / Reuters

A Free Syrian Army fighter comes out of a tunnel which they said that the Syrian Army was using, at the front line in Aleppo on Dec. 26.

Ahmed Jadallah / Reuters

Free Syrian Army fighters take their position during a fight with forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad at the front line in Aleppo on Dec. 26.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad sent a senior diplomat to Moscow on Wednesday to discuss proposals to end the conflict convulsing his country made by international envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, Syrian and Lebanese sources said.

Brahimi, who saw Assad on Monday and is planning to hold a series of meetings with Syrian officials and dissidents in Damascus this week, is trying to broker a peaceful transfer of power, but has disclosed little about how this might be done.

More than 44,000 Syrians have been killed in a revolt against four decades of Assad family rule, a conflict that began with peaceful protests but which has descended into civil war. Continue reading.

-- Reuters

Ahmed Jadallah / Reuters

A Free Syrian Army fighter smiles in a bunker they use to take shelter from fighter jet air strikes in Aleppo on Dec. 26.

Ahmed Jadallah / Reuters

Free Syrian Army fighters watch smoke rising from buildings from their position during a fight with forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al Assad at the front line in Aleppo on Dec. 26.

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