News Round Up...........
I will be updating as new info becomes available or asap!
G & M
Tuesday’s assault saw pro-government forces, which include the Syrian army and allied militia from Iran, Iraq and Lebanon, attempt to attack Aleppo’s Old City near its historic citadel, as well as around several of the city’s major access points.
Troops advanced from the countryside to the north and south, rebels said, leading to intense clashes. The military and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitoring group, said the army had made some gains, but this was disputed by rebels who said they had held them off.
Senior combatants on both sides said pro-government forces were massing in several parts of Aleppo
The commander of an Iraqi Shi’ite militia fighting in support of Assad told Reuters a large force spearheaded by the army’s elite “Nimr”, or Tiger, forces had started to move in armoured vehicles and tanks for an attack on rebel-held areas.
Quelling the uprising in the city would give Assad his biggest victory yet of the war and deliver a powerful blow to his enemies.
State television reported that the army had retaken al-Farafra district in Aleppo’s Old City and engineering units were clearing mines in the area.Al Jazeera
Syrian state TV said on Tuesday that troops captured Farafra district, near Aleppo's famous citadel, and fighting was under way near the historic core of the northern city.Germany calls for Syria Ceasefire
In the district of Handarat, north of Aleppo, government forces also advanced against the rebels, he said.
Government fighter jets backed by Russia's air force also continued to target the city and its outskirts.
Merkel, pure evil! A deep deep setback for who? NATO? Israel? The US?German Chancellor Angela Merkel says everything possible needs to be done to bring about a cease-fire in Syria but that she's skeptical a no-fly zone can be instituted.Merkel told reporters in Berlin on Tuesday that "what we currently see on the ground is very, very brutal and clearly targeting civilians," and that talks are needed urgently.Merkel says developments in recent days have been a "deep, deep setback."
Nothing worth reading there. Total shite, typical of the Gaurdian. White helmets trash & spin. No real info on the offensive. Included as an example of spin. And obfuscation. Entirely written from the perspective of NATO backed terrorists.
Al Masdar Syrian Army, Hezbollah launch massive assault in east Aleppo
ALEPPO, SYRIA (1:40 P.M.) - The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), alongside Hezbollah and Kataebat Al-Ba'ath, launched a massive offensive in east Aleppo today, storming the jihadist defenses from four different axes near the Old Aleppo Quarter.SAA take your country back!
Led by the 102nd Brigade of the Republican Guard, the Syrian Arab Army and their allies attacked Fatah Halab's positions inside the Farafeera District, capturing several building blocks after an intense battle this morning.
Meanwhile, at the Old Aleppo Quarter, the Syrian Arab Army and their allies made a big push from the Aleppo Citadel area towards the Bab Al-Nayrab District; this resulted in fierce firefights that are still ongoing at the moment.
The Syrian Army's assault this morning is targeting the condensed neighborhoods that are located at the eastern fringes of the Aleppo Citadel; this area has long been a thorn in the government's side because of the constant attacks launched by the Fatah Halab militants.