In central Damascus, it's clear that President Bashar Assad is firmly in control. People close to the regime and government officials say the mood in the city is "better" as regime forces make gains in rebel-held areas. Alice Fordham/NPR hide caption

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As Syrian Government Forces Advance, The War Could Be At A Turning Point

After more than five years of fighting, President Bashar Assad's military is making significant advances against rebels in Aleppo and is subduing the restive suburbs of Damascus.

In central Damascus, it's clear that President Bashar Assad is firmly in control. People close to the regime and government officials say the mood in the city is "better" as regime forces make gains in rebel-held areas. Alice Fordham/NPR hide caption

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Alice Fordham/NPR

As Syrian Government Forces Advance, The War Could Be At A Turning Point

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