MIDEAST > Syrian army launches Aleppo ground assault: report

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An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube on August 7, 2012 shows a Syrian army tank taking position on Al-Ramussa highway in the northern city of Aleppo on August 6. AFP photo

An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube on August 7, 2012 shows a Syrian army tank taking position on Al-Ramussa highway in the northern city of Aleppo on August 6. AFP photo

The Syrian army launched a ground assault on the northern city of Aleppo today, a Syrian security official told AFP.
"The army is advancing from west to east to cut Salaheddin in half horizontally," the official said on condition of anonymity, referring to the key rebel stronghold in the city.
"It will not take a long time to control the district, even if there are some pockets of resistance remaining," the source added.
A rebel commander confirmed that army tanks had penetrated Salaheddin on Wednesday morning, sparking fierce clashes with the insurgents.
"The regime forces advanced into Al-Malaab Street with tanks and armoured vehicles and fierce fighting is now taking place in the area," said Wassel Ayub, a commander in the rebel Free Syrian Army.
When asked how far the government forces had reached, the defected Syrian army captain said that "the army is present in less than 15 percent of Salaheddin." The army, which has been massing its troops and armour in and around Aleppo since late last month, was moving from west to east, coming from Hamdaniyeh, a district adjacent to Salaheddin, Ayub added.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, for its part, said that the clashes taking place in streets of Salaheddin and in surrounding areas were the most fierce that Aleppo has seen in the nearly 17-month uprising.
On Sunday, the Syrian security source said that the army had completed the buildup of some 20,000 troops in readiness for a decisive showdown in the battle for the country's economic hub, underway since July 20.


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Hakan Salci

8/8/2012 8:46:50 PM

What I despise is hypocrosy; and thats what this world is all about. The islamic world and the unfortunate radicals within rise up in arms and create a huge uproar when the US or its allies interferes in such countries such as Somalia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. In such times they are evil disbelievers bent on destroying the islamic world and islam itself, but when it comes to meddling in Libya, Egypt, and now Syria, they are their buddies that are the savours of freedom etc. Need I say more?

Hakan Salci

8/8/2012 8:37:14 PM

The FSA may not be gangsters but they certainly act like they are what with summary executions, kidnappings etc. No different than what Assad forces are alledged to be doing. What they are though for certain are stooges and puppets of the west playing to their tune in ensuring Israeli interests are protected, Iran & Hezbollah are dealt a fatal blow, and that the Greater ME Project is finalised. There is a bigger strategic picture; a proxy war sadly paid for by the Syrian people.

Syriano Syrian

8/8/2012 5:43:36 PM

Long live our President Bashar al Assad defending Syria from the Zionists

Aryeh Rapaport

8/8/2012 4:25:34 PM

No one can deny they are being financed by Turkey Qatar, SA & US but who are they fighting? They are fighting Assad who prouds himself of financing Hezbollah and Hamas and shoots people demonstrating peacefully in the streets because they are sick and tired of being poor, uneducated, without rights and basic freedoms. Ryan, you cant claim Syrians aren't fighting. You cant claim they are all terrorists. Month after month we witnessed peaceful protests and dead bodies.

Ryan James

8/8/2012 3:23:36 PM

The FSA are criminals financed by Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the USA. Wake up!

Aryeh Rapaport

8/8/2012 1:58:08 PM

I hope this leads Syria's government faster to its destruction. I dont know yet who and what is the Free Syrian Army but for the peaceful parts of it I wish success and share in the dream of Freedom and Democracy. In gods speed.

Tayyar Abi

8/8/2012 12:23:35 PM

Wrong Ryan James; They aren't gangsters. The Syrian army however are worse than gangsters. They monsters murdering and torturing innocent civillians including women and children. This is an attempted repeat of the elder Asad's destruction of an entire city, murdering 40,000 people and paving over the city. I pray to God the monsters fail this time.

Ryan James

8/8/2012 12:12:21 PM

Bravo Syrian Army! Clean out the gangsters.
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