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article image'Fresh assault' on Aleppo

By Paul Iddon     Aug 9, 2012 in World
Aleppo - Syria's largest city Aleppo is according to activists coming under fresh bombardment by government forces attempting to drive opposition forces out of districts there.
Al Ahram, Al Jazeera and BBC News report that both sides -- as par usual -- are claiming they have advances over the other. These fresh attacks by the regime are a continuation of the military's aerial bombardments and ground attack on Syria's commercial hub.
This battle has now been raging for more than two weeks.
The rebels have claimed they had withdrawn from the Salah al-Din district dubbing it "a tactical move." Syrian state media has also stated that the army is in control of that district having cleared it of "terrorist mercenaries." The Salah al-Din district is an important strategic area of Aleppo as it is a vital supply route for regime forces coming from the south of the country.
The Guardian journalist Martin Chulov recently tweeted from Aleppo saying that the battle for Salah al-Din would likely decide the fate of the city.
An FSA commander was quoted by Al Jazeera as saying the rebels "will open new fronts in Saif al-Dawla and Mashhad districts." An opposition activist also told Al Jazeera that it was "the worst" fighting the city has seen to date.
Aleppo in itself is a highly important city for this war. It is the country's commercial hub and given its close location to the Turkish border, if the opposition were successful there it could in turn mean that the north of the country would be in there hands, and they would be able to receive arms transferred to them through Turkey with relative ease.
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