Monday, June 10, 2013
Assad Forces Preparing for Aleppo Assault
Following the fall of Qusair to Assad forces last week - a pivotal supply route for the rebel opposition- the Syrian military is reportedly planning a major offensive on the Northern city of Aleppo in the "coming hours or days," according to one security official within the Assad regime.
Activists are reporting that pro-Assad militias based near Aleppo are receiving both reinforcements and supplies from Damascus in preparation of Operation Northern Storm, which will building off of Qusair's victory for Assad forces will feature a mixture of Hezbollah and loyalist soldiers on the ground, while the Syrian helicopters and gunships assault rebel positions from the air.
Essentially the Assad regime, emboldened by Hezbollah reinforcements, Russian arms, a series of pivotal victories and western indifference (yes, I mean you, U.N.), are planning to cut off the last rebel stronghold standing between the survival of their forces and the Turkish border, which should be preparing for more refugees in the near future.
Gee, I wonder if the international community might consider intervening now. They watched as terrorists pushed the Assad regime past the goal line in the last major battle, perhaps realizing the gravity of Aleppo, they will do.... something more than send foreign ministers or Secretaries of State to Moscow and coming back with vague agreements for useless "peace conferences."
What say you?