Aerial Bombings Continue in Aleppo

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Syrian rebels take position during clashes with regime forces in the northern city of Aleppo on September 14, 2012. Syrian regime forces used fighter jets and helicopter gunships to pound the city and province of Aleppo, where fierce clashes raged around a military airport, monitors said.

Insurgent-controlled areas of Syria are under continued aerial attack Saturday, as Syria’s main rebel group announced it will be moving its command center from Turkey to either Aleppo or Damascus. The anti-Assad group, known as the Free Syrian Army, also claimed to have brought down a key government fighter jet Saturday as aerial bombings pounded rebel strongholds. FSA leaders say the transition of their group’s headquarters from Turkey to Syria over the next two weeks will help prepare forces for an offensive push against government troops in Damascus. Activists estimate that more than 27,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed over the last 18 months as a result of fighting in Syria.