Iraqi, Lebanese militias deploy to Syria's Aleppo

Andrew Cummings
August 9, 2016

Rebels cut the main route into government-held Aleppo on Sunday, just days after the rebels broke the government's siege of their own stronghold in the east of the city.

Citing U.N. figures, Power said Syrian government forces were to blame for almost 80 percent of the besieged areas throughout Syria.

"I think it will pave the way for a proper political transition, something the worldwide community is not taking sufficiently seriously".

After years of stalemate, fighting for the city entered a new phase last month when government forces took control of the last supply road into rebel-held areas, leaving some 250,000 people in eastern districts surrounded.

It had been the main opposition supply route into the city.

"We see very clearly the regime forces are not able to resist".

Strikes in the city of Aleppo in the bid to degrade and destroy the al-Qaeda-linked terrorists, however, paled in comparison to Sunday nights strikes in the city of Idlib that have produced shocking images of multiple burning buildings struck by incendiary bombs in a bid to root out al-Nusra rebels and recapture the balance in the fight to stabilize Syria.

"We are trying our best to push all these foreigners out of our land so our people live in peace and tranquility", said Abdeh. The Syrian military said it had also shelled the rebels in Ramousah, while the Observatory said rebels had bombarded areas of western Aleppo overnight.

Assad's forces are supported by Russian air power, Iranian militias and fighters from Lebanon's Hezbollah group who have sent reinforcements to shore up the army.

On Monday six Russian long-range Tupolev Tu-22M3 bombers dropped fragmentation bombs on so-called Islamic State (IS) targets north-east of Palmyra, an ancient site 211km (131 miles) south of Aleppo, Russia's Defence Ministry said.

Most were from the Fateh al-Sham Front, formerly Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front, that leads the Army of Conquest.

"If the fighting continues it is conceivable that civilians on both sides of Aleppo could be cut off from the basic assistance they need".

"Whoever wins (in Aleppo), the war will not end".

Pierret said a rebel win would confine the regime to an arc of territory between the western coastal areas and the Golan Heights, while a regime victory could lead to the "collapse" of the insurgency.

"This is the new route that the regime forces are securing as a temporary alternative to the route they previously depended on", Abdel Rahman said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a London-based watchdog group, said Syrian government warplanes had bombed rebels in Ramousah after they captured the area from government forces.

More than 290,000 people - including over 84,000 civilians - have been killed since Syria's conflict erupted in March 2011, the Observatory said in a new toll Monday.

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