Clashes rage in Syria's rebel bastions of Aleppo

Clashes rage in Syria's rebel bastions of Aleppo

August 9th, 2012 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

Syrians check the damage of a destroyed school after it was hit by an air strike killing six Syrians in town of Tal Rifat on the outskirts of Aleppo city, Syria, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012. In another sign of violence continuing throughout Syria, Syrian fighter jets carried out air strikes early Wednesday on the village of Tel Rifat north of Aleppo, hitting a home and a high school and killing six people from the same family, residents said. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)

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MOSCOW (AP) - Russia's foreign ministry says Moscow will attend talks on the Syrian crisis organized by Iran.

The ministry says that Russia will be represented by its ambassador in Tehran if the talks set for today take place. It said in a statement late Wednesday that the meeting was called at short notice, leaving little time to prepare.

Russia in the past has urged the West to allow Tehran to take part in international discussions on how to settle the crisis, arguing that the Islamic republic could play an important role.

Russia has been the main protector and ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime, shielding it from the United Nations sanctions over its brutal crackdown on an uprising that evolved into a full-blown civil war.