Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hands with Syrian President Bashar Assad in the Kremlin. Assad was in Moscow, in his first known trip abroad since the war broke out in Syria in 2011, to meet his strongest ally Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Alexei Druzhinin/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way

In Syria, Both Sides Now Have Heavy Weapons In Aleppo

As fighting intensifies in the Syrian city, there are fears about the deadly consequences for civilians.

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