Thursday, April 28, 2016

Syrian regime preparing 'major offensive' to capture Aleppo

Syrian rebel during clashes near Aleppo
Syrian rebel during clashes near Aleppo

A leading pro-regime newspaper in Syria said on Thursday that the army is preparing a major offensive to recapture the whole of second city Aleppo and its surrounding province.

The editorial in Al-Watan came as fighting intensifies in and around the divided city despite a February ceasefire brokered by Russia and the United States.
"Now is the time to launch the battle for the complete liberation of Aleppo," the paper said.

"It's no secret that the Syrian army has prepared this decisive battle with its allies. It will not take long to begin, nor to finish."

A source close to the regime also said the army would launch a major offensive in the coming days. READ MORE