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    Putin Guarantees Evacuation of Aleppo’s Last Rebel Enclave

    He’s got clout. Some 4,000 rebels and their families that are poised to evacuate Aleppo — potentially ending four years of bloodshed — reportedly have Vladimir Putin’s personal pledge that they won’t be harmed. The plan, approved by both rebels and the Syrian government, involves Russian soldiers leading convoys out of the city, though ambulances carrying wounded residents along the evacuation route were driven back by gunfire, according to one monitoring group. But a government-aligned Lebanese militia predicted that the buses could be rolling in the “next few hours.”

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