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.
» Not for the faint of heart: There’s video of the aftermath of this horrendous violence available, showing what looks to be a mass burial of the victims of an artillery attack on the town of Houla, We simply weren’t comfortable posting the video on here — it’s extremely brutal, visceral and depressing, moreso than we’re willing to spring on people without a warning first. That disclaimer made, you can see it here if you want. The surge of violence in Houla, a central province of the famously besieged city of Homs, caused French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius to denounce the “massacre,” and suggest he wants an international meeting in Paris to discuss a forcible end to the rule of Bashar al-Assad.