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Syrian Activists Expect Major Government Assault on Aleppo

Free Syrian Army fighter looks out from the window of the burnt Shaar district police station in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo after it was overrun by rebel fighters on July 25, 2012.
Free Syrian Army fighter looks out from the window of the burnt Shaar district police station in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo after it was overrun by rebel fighters on July 25, 2012.
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Syrian opposition activists say they expect government forces to soon launch a major offensive on rebel-held areas across the northern city of Aleppo.

Activists quoted sources close to the Syrian security forces Thursday as saying the government is amassing troops on the southern outskirts of the city, which has already seen helicopter and tank attacks against rebels in the past few days.

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Earlier Thursday, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported shelling in several Aleppo neighborhoods that killed a girl and wounded seven other people.

It also said deadly clashes were taking place in the cities of Hama and in Deir Ezzor province, as well as explosions targeting military vehicles in Idlib.

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July 26, 2012 3:22 PM
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Some information for this report was provided by AFP.

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by: Anonymous
July 26, 2012 4:00 PM
Dear Mr. Bashar al-Assad:
There you go big guy, you earned your tough name now, killing your own people. Kill the people that built the country you live in and destroy all of the history behind the Syrian name. Do you stand proudly as a Syrian to the Syrian Flag? When you stand proud beside the Syrian flag you can remember the damage you've done to your own people of Syria not to mention the killing, torture, and the History of the the country as a whole. You have the capability to become a killing machine, and you are practising it on your very own kind. It would be totally different if you were fighting a different country, but you are not, you are the creator of genocide in Syria (And so was your father). You don't even realise or see yourself that you are a cold blooded killer, and you actually believe your own lies, and you expect us to believe you, that's how psychotic you are.

I don't think you can change the damage you've created, I think it's time you leave Syria on a plane, and give the country back to the people, you aren't welcome there. Failure to do so will result in the same scenario as Iraq or Libya. The damage is already done... Just go.

A concerned citizen
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by: adriano bento dos santos from: brazil
July 29, 2012 12:11 PM
Mr. Bashar al-Assad:
Please, sotp this!
Are you crazy?
Hear the voice of the world and the voice of your own people.
Stop this now!
Leave the country and let your people be free!
Time is over for you!
don't be so supid!

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by: Concerned Citizen from: Europe
July 26, 2012 11:23 PM
hey, Muslimes... we don't like you... you should "just go..." Europe hates you. yes, you Muslimes, you have destroyed all that is peaceful and beautiful in Europe. you are destroying all that is peaceful and beautiful in the US and Canada. please go. we don't like you and you hate our freedom... so please leave us be... all of you... take your mothers your sisters your brothers and LEAVE US ALONE!!!

by: John
July 26, 2012 1:48 PM
Taliban activists, Hezbollah terrorists, Mujaheddin freedom fighters,
Syrian Activists, Albanian Terrorists, Chechen rebels or just terrorists
Al-Qaeda sympathizers or activists.
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by: cc Olympics from: UK
July 26, 2012 2:16 PM
yeah, yeah, yeah,...they are all Muslimes... there is no difference... Islamic "sects"... Islamic "militants"... Islamic "faction"... Islamic this and Islamic that ... we will use any and all "qualification" to minimize the true and ugly reality... they are all Muslimes... and hate is their religion... don't tell us Islam is peace...

by: melvin polatnick from: brooklyn
July 26, 2012 1:29 PM
The biggest city and economic foundation of Syria is Aleppo, tanks and planes will not destroy it. The rebels snipe at Assads soldiers without fear, they know that the condo they are hiding in will not be blown to pieces. It takes a hundred sane soldiers to dislodge one religious fanatic.
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by: Anonymous
July 27, 2012 2:50 PM
A.T you are exactly correct, it is an insult to consider normal human beings (the majority of the population) terrorists. It shows you care nothing about your own people or country.
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by: A.T from: CANADA
July 26, 2012 5:04 PM
The are not terrorists my friend,they are people defending their dignity,freedom,lives and their right to be treated like humans.

by: Barbara from: USA
July 26, 2012 10:22 AM
hey, is it me or is Gen. Tlass (the Syrian defector) starts to look like a middle aged woman...
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by: ADEN from: mobasa,kenya
July 26, 2012 1:44 PM
how could muslim be murdering other muslins during ranmadan,where is the islamic world, i'm embarased to be a muslim today,all we ever do is blame america while the muslim people are to blame,look who have to lead the yslamic world, nassralah, assad, the hamas evil leader. god help us
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by: N from: UK
July 26, 2012 1:04 PM
Barbara...!!! you nailed it...!!! his "ascendancy" is based on ONE picture of him... but when you look closer... no one seems quite sure if he is a man or a woman... and he does look like a middle aged woman to me too...

by: Michael from: USA
July 26, 2012 9:36 AM
The casting of a veto has too many polytechnic demands behind it, but seems autocratic in the U.N.'s context when it stomps on people's desires: the U.N. ought to cast off all truisms like "veto" and concentrate on changing it's slow influence

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