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U.S. Urges Russia to Halt Assad Aleppo Attack as Truce Frays

  • Syrian opposition says major fighting under way south of city
  • Geneva peace talks overshadowed by resumption in violence
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The U.S. is urging Russia to help halt an offensive by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces on rebel-held Aleppo, once the most populous city in Syria, warning that it’s putting an almost seven-week cease-fire under increasing strain.

The Obama administration expressed its strong concerns to Russia, which committed to not participate in any attacks on groups which are adhering to the truce, according to a State Department official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the ongoing negotiations. Russia had also agreed to use its influence to stop Assad forces from such actions, the official said.