The turn of Aleppo

Reports now of an armored column moving toward Syrias's largest city and commercial hub Aleppo. If they give the same treatment to Aleppo that Syria's army just gave Damascus, it is going to be bloody indeed. MSNBC: Syria sent thousands of troops surging toward Aleppo in the early hours of Wednesday, where its forces have been pounding rebel fighters from the air, engulfing the country's largest city in total warfare to put down a revolt. "[President Bashar] Assad is fighting hard here because he has already lost control of nearly all the towns around Aleppo," NBC News' chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel said from the city's outskirts on Tuesday. Recent days have seen Syria's 16-month-old uprising transformed from an insurgency in remote provinces into a battle for control of the two main cities, Aleppo and the slightly smaller capital, Damascus, where fighting exploded last week. President Bashar Assad's forces have launched massive counter assaults in both cities. They...(Read Full Post)