Syria's Other War

Franco Pagetti / VII

An FSA fighter prepares to attack government troops in Aleppo on Feb. 17.

Over the past few weeks, while much of the world was transfixed by the high-stakes diplomatic wrangling between the U.S., Russia and Syria over how to respond to the Syrian regime's alleged use of chemical weapons, another face-off was taking shape on the Syrian battlefield. A rift in the rebel-dominated Syrian province of Aleppo that had been growing for months burst into public view in early September with a series of deadly clashes between rival factions seeking the overthrow of President Bashar Assad. In the town of Bab, about 25 km from the provincial capital, members of the al-Qaeda-affiliated...

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