Deadly suicide attack targets Syria army base in Aleppo

Bombing was followed by fierce battles

BEIRUT - A suicide bomber from Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, Al-Nusra Front, killed 25 soldiers and fighters loyal to President Bashar al-Assad's regime in an attack on an army base in government-held western Aleppo on Monday, a Britain-based monitoring group said.
The attacker blew himself up inside a vehicle "in front of an orphanage used by the regime as a base in Al Zahra neighbourhood," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman said.
The monitoring group said the suicide bombing was followed by fierce battles between opposition and regime forces.
Once a powerhouse of industry, Syria's second city of Aleppo has been devastated by years of fighting between regime forces and a succession of rebel groups.
The regime largely controls the west of the city, with rebels from different factions present in the east.
Rebel groups last week launched an offensive to capture government-held districts of Aleppo, prompting some of the heaviest fighting since the Syrian conflict arrived in the northern city in mid-2012.