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March 20, 2013
We have been clear that the use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people would be a serious and tragic mistake. The Assad regime must understand that they will be held accountable for the use of chemical weapons or their transfer to terrorists.
President Barack Obama - Commenting on the alleged usage of chemical weapons in attacks which left 25 dead and dozens injured in the Syrian city of Aleppo yesterday. Both those loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Syrian opposition forces have blamed their opponents for the attack; however, the perpetrators of Tuesday’s attack remain a mystery at this time. Many suspect the Assad regime, given previous reports about the Syrian government’s possession of such weapons, but calls for a formal investigation into the attack have gone unanswered thus far. source
17:45 // 1 year ago
February 19, 2013

An update on two drastically under-covered wars across the globe

  • 20 militant rebels and a single French soldier were killed in Mali on Tuesday after opposition forces fired on a parachute regiment of roughly 150 soldiers. France is currently expected to withdraw its roughly 4,000 troops from Mali in May, when coalition forces from a number of African nations will take the lead in defending Mali’s existing government from Islamist rebels. source
  • 20 civilians were killed in Aleppo on Tuesday, according to rebel forces, after the Syrian government fired a “Scud-type” missile into residential district . Children are reportedly among the victims, and 25 people remain missing at this time. Word of the attacks comes on the same day as confirmation that Russian officials won’t back efforts to charge Syrian leaders with war crimes. source
17:52 // 1 year ago
January 29, 2013
19:30 // 1 year ago

A new massacre has been reported in Syria

  • 65 people were found executed in Aleppo, Syria on Tuesday morning, and the number could rise in the days ahead. According to rebel forces, the Assad regime is responsible for the apparent massacre; however, verification of the reports is nearly impossible at this time. All of the dead were found bound at the hands, and were dumped into a river upstream from a rebel-held neighborhood according to local commanders. Syria’s state-run media has not reported the massacre at this time. source
14:32 // 1 year ago
January 15, 2013

Dual explosions strike university in Aleppo, Syria

  • 82+ people killed by two explosions, just minutes apart, that struck Aleppo University in Syria today. Accounts from both opposition and government sources indicate at least the above number were killed, many of whom had been on campus attending mid-term exams. It is yet unclear which side of the ongoing civil war was responsible for the blasts — opposition and government forces share roughly half-control of Aleppo, with the opposition in control in the east versus the government in the west, the university included. source
20:39 // 1 year ago
October 3, 2012

Car bombs, mortar shells claim 48 lives in Aleppo

  • two car bombs and mortar shells struck a government-controlled district in Aleppo, Syria, only a couple of days after the launching of a major offensive in the city. Syria’s state-run SANA news agency also claims that government forces prevented the detonation of three suicide bombers.
  • 48 people were killed by the bombs and shelling, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which many believe were targeting a military club in Saadallah al-Jabiri square. The attacks reminded many observers of a bombing in July which claimed the lives of four of Syria’s most senior security officials. source
17:16 // 1 year ago
August 21, 2012
inothernews:

WATCH   The New York Times’s C.J. Chivers and photographer Bryan Denton joined a group of Syrian rebels during the battle for Aleppo, the country’s second-largest city.  Yesterday, President Obama warned Syria’s government they might face military intervention “if there were signs that its arsenal of unconventional weapons was being moved or prepared for use.”  (Photo: Denton / Times)

Major props for the front-line work.

inothernews:

WATCH   The New York Times’s C.J. Chivers and photographer Bryan Denton joined a group of Syrian rebels during the battle for Aleppo, the country’s second-largest city.  Yesterday, President Obama warned Syria’s government they might face military intervention if there were signs that its arsenal of unconventional weapons was being moved or prepared for use.”  (Photo: Denton / Times)

Major props for the front-line work.

10:04 // 1 year ago
August 10, 2012

humanrightswatch:

Civilians in and around the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo are increasingly at risk from aerial attacks, artillery shelling and gunfire. Commanders of Syrian government forces and the opposition Free Syrian Army should ensure that their troops abide by the laws of war and never target civilians or conduct indiscriminate attacks.

Read more after the jump.

Scenes from a quickly-heating-up warzone.

14:58 // 1 year ago
August 3, 2012
The focus two weeks ago was on Damascus. The focus is now on Aleppo, where there has been a considerable build-up of military means, and where we have reason to believe that the main battle is about to start.
UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Herve Ladsous • Discussing the current military situation in Syria — suggesting a major battle in Aleppo is coming soon.  In related news, three Russian landing ships, each carrying 120 marines, are heading to the Syrian port of Tartus to restock supplies for the base. Russia had previously offered to send ships to the base for protection purposes.
9:17 // 1 year ago
July 28, 2012
People are fleeing the city towards the countryside. I think they are sensing that a huge battle is about to take place, a decisive one.
Free Syrian Army deputy commander Malik Kurdi • Regarding the quickly-escalating situation in Aleppo, which is being described as “nonstop shelling” by some activists. The battle over one of the world’s oldest cities has been increasingly violent, the worst in the city since the war began. The U.S. has increased its support of the rebels in the region of late, though not “lethal support.”
4:12 // 2 years ago