|Aleppo: Syria's key battleground?|
As the Free Syrian Army makes gains in Aleppo, we analyse the government's strategy to retake the
Aleppo, Syria's second and largest city, has become a
key battleground in the 17-month uprising against Bashar al-Assad's
The Free Syrian Army (FSA) launched a major offensive in Aleppo a week ago but Bashar al-Assad's army is launching a major push to drive out rebels fighters, taking two days to manouevre heavy weapons into positions around the city.
And in the surrounding countryside, the FSA appears to be making gains.
Activists say helicopter gunships are firing into the Salaheddine and al-Sukkari neighbourhoods. Explosions have also been heard in the al-Firdous neighbourhood.
And there have been reports of an exchange of gunfire near the Mahatet Baghdad railway station, as well as government army tanks in a number of other neighbourhoods.
In the town of al-Bab, just half an hour's drive from Aleppo, al-Assad's army has retreated to a base on the outskirts, from where it has been shelling the town and shooting at civilians.
The FSA in al-Bab believes it is only a matter of days before the remnants of the regime's army surrender.
The opposition fighters are much closer now to realising their objective and they are achieving it with home-made bombs hidden in trees, kalashnikovs, hand grenades and rocket-propelled grenades.
There is a lot at stake for both sides in this battle, so what are the government tactics to retake Aleppo?
Inside Syria, with presenter Laura Kyle, discusses with guests: Taha Ozan, director general of the Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research; Hisham Jaber, a retired Lebanese army general; and Monzer Eid al-Zamalkani, a research fellow at the Centre for Syrian Studies at Saint Andrews University.
Rabu, 1 Ogos 2012
Aleppo: Syria's key battleground?
Dicatat oleh MURAD di Rabu, Ogos 01, 2012