Syria, Russia Pound Islamic State Ahead of Scheduled Truce

  • Road links government-controlled territory in various areas
  • Kerry warns that Syria will splinter if Assad stays in power

Rescue workers following a Russian airstrike near Aleppo, Syria on Feb. 22, 2016.

Photographer: Huseyin Nasir/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Russian and Syrian warplanes pounded Islamic State positions near Aleppo on Wednesday, a group monitoring the conflict said, trying to regain access to a strategic road whose fall to the militant group set back the allies’ advances before a scheduled truce.

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