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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
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 // 2 years 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 // 2 years 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 // 2 years 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