he Syrian military on Thursday bombed a strategically important town held by rebels in northern Syria, killing at least 40 people, including children. The bombing of the town, Maarat al-Noaman, is part of a broader campaign by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad to use aircraft to decimate the insurgency. In addition, control of Maarat al-Noaman is considered critical to the rebels, since it stands between Syria's two largest cities, Aleppo and Damascus, and enables them to cut off supplies to Assad's army.
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