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Activists: Rebels attacking Syrian security buildings in Aleppo


Activists say emboldened Syrian rebels have launched a major operation in the north, targeting security compounds and bases around the country's largest city of Aleppo.

The coordinated strikes came two days after President Bashar Assad conceded his forces have been unable to quell the more than 17-month-old rebellion against him.

An activist based in Aleppo says the rebel offensives in the city began shortly before midnight Thursday and continued through today. They're being led by a brigade mainly consisting of army defectors who specialize in operating artillery and tanks.

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says rebels killed and wounded a number of regime forces at one compound in Aleppo but gave no figures.

The state-run news agency says troops killed and wounded several gunmen in the clashes.

Fighting also continues in other parts of Syria, including the capital city of Damascus.

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