Syrian troops capture village near Aleppo

BEIRUT - Syrian state TV and an opposition activist group say government forces have captured another village near Aleppo, tightening the noose around rebel-held parts of the northern city.

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State TV and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights say troops captured Tamoura on Saturday.

Hezbollah-run Al-Manar TV says troops are now overlooking the town of Hayan and parts of the town of Anadan. The Lebanese militant group is fighting alongside forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Syrian troops have been advancing under cover of intense Russian airstrikes with the aim of besieging rebel-held parts of Aleppo, Syria's largest city.

The United States and Russia have announced a plan to halt the violence within a week, but it's unclear whether fighters on the ground will adhere to it.


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