Showdown Looms in Aleppo as Syrian Army Closes In

The center of Aleppo, Syria’s sprawling commercial capital, braced for…

The center of Aleppo, Syria’s sprawling commercial capital, braced for a major confrontation brewing between the government and insurgents Wednesday, with hundreds of fighters from both sides streaming into the city and taking up positions in or around half a dozen neighborhoods where the rebels have dominated for days.

Government soldiers transported via trucks and buses deployed around the historic 13th Century citadel, and thousands more were en route, according to rebel fighters and activists.

“We fear the government’s retaliation — may God help us,” said Ahmad, a resident of the southeastern Salaheddiin neighborhood, one of the first areas overrun with insurgents over the weekend. So many poured in from the countryside that they sometimes ended up fighting each other for control of individual streets, residents said.

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