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This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA shows Syrian army soldiers marching through the streets in the Ansari neighborhood, east Aleppo, Syria, on Dec 23, 2016. Syrian rebels outside Aleppo on Friday shelled a neighborhood in the northern city, killing three people in the first bombardment since government forces took control of the whole city after opposition fighters in the eastern parts withdrew, state TV reported. (SANA via AP)

Russia claims it found mass graves of torture victims in Aleppo after ousting rebels


Russia's Defense Ministry said on Monday that troops had found mass graves in Aleppo, with bodies showing signs of torture and mutilation. Dozens of bodies have been uncovered.

Human rights groups have recorded multiple examples of massacres and organized torture. No one side is innocent and there are multiple forces fighting in Syria. Torture has been carried out by the Syrian government, opposition forces and ISIS. 

Russia also reported booby traps and mines in the city, which they blamed on Syrian rebels.

Russia claims it found mass graves of torture victims in Aleppo after ousting rebels

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This photo provided by the Syrian anti-government activist group Aleppo Media Center (AMC), shows Syrians carrying a victim after barrel bombs were dropped on the Bab al-Nairab neighborhood in Aleppo, Syria, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016. Syria activists said, at least 15 civilians have been killed when suspected government helicopters dropped barrel bombs on a wake for children killed in earlier airstrikes in rebel-held Aleppo. (Aleppo Media Center via AP)

Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his most powerful ally, Russia, have flattened neighborhoods with airstrikes. The al-Assad government now controls the country's four major cities again.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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