The Syrian army is rapidly closing in on the rebels who are in control of the city, leaving a narrow corridor through which civilians are escaping on foot; Russian and Iranian support are tipping the balance in Assad's favor.
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Turkish president accuses Russia of invading Syria to set up a 'boutique state' for longtime ally Bashar Assad.
'It feels like a siege of Aleppo is about to begin,' U.S. aid worker says, as regime forces fully encircle countryside north of major city and Russian airstrikes mount to 250 a day, according to rebels.
Russian pressure and a general unwillingness to act directly against the Assad regime have brought the West to forsake all its red lines on the war-torn country.
The recapture from rebels of Ataman, around 3 kilometers north of Deraa, came a day after dozens of airstrikes believed to be carried out by Russian warplanes targeted the area.
Meanwhile, Russia accuses Turkey of preparing to invade the war-torn country.
'Iran's missile capability and its missile program will become stronger,' vows Ataollah Salehi.
Erdogan expresses doubt on renewal of Syrian peace talks, accusing Russia of killing children and 'making things easier for the tyrant.'
Jalal Baleedi said to have been targeted while travelling by car; separate drone strike kills six suspected Al-Qaida militants in the south.
Citing the Defense Ministry, Russian outlets accuse ISIS of unconfirmed attack.
A training video meant to show ISIS supporters in Europe how to build different types of explosives, smuggled out of Raqqa by an ISIS defector and obtained by Sky News, has been described as an intelligence 'gold mine.'