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Jul 29, 2012

Syria says it recaptures Aleppo district after battle

ALEPPO, Syria, July 30 (Reuters) – Syrian troops said they
had recaptured a district of Syria’s largest city Aleppo, after
heavy fighting against rebels who remain in control of swathes
of the commercial hub despite being pushed out of the capital
Damascus.

The past two weeks have seen forces of President Bashar
al-Assad struggle as never before to maintain their grip on the
country after a major rebel advance into the two main cities and
a July 18 explosion that killed four top security officials.

Jul 29, 2012

Rural fighters pour into Syria’s Aleppo for battle

ALEPPO, Syria, July 29 (Reuters) – The route to Aleppo from
the Turkish border is a long web of dirt back roads with miles
of exposed ground. But undaunted and in total darkness, dozens
of young men jump onto white trucks with their AK-47 rifles,
keen to join the fight there.

Syria’s 16-month revolt has finally erupted in the country’s
commercial hub, but the momentum was not generated inside the
city – it was brought into the historic city’s ancient stone
alleyways from the scorched fields of the surrounding
countryside.

Jul 29, 2012

Helicopters, artillery fire over Syria’s Aleppo

ALEPPO, Syria (Reuters) – Helicopter gunships opened fire over Aleppo on Sunday and the thud of artillery boomed across neighborhoods as government forces and rebels fought for control of Syria’s second city.

Opposition activists reported clashes in several rebel-held districts in the morning in what could herald the start of a decisive phase in the battle for Aleppo, Syria’s commercial hub.

Jul 28, 2012

Annan fears “imminent battle” in Syria’s Aleppo

TAL RIFAAT, Syria, July 29 (Reuters) – International
mediator Kofi Annan said he feared an “imminent battle” for
Syria’s biggest city Aleppo.

Syrian opposition sources said helicopters from President
Bashar al-Assad’s military pounded a rebel-held part of the city
on Saturday and armoured units were positioned for an onslaught
that could determine its fate.

Jul 28, 2012

Military helicopters pound Aleppo as onslaught looms

AZAZ, Syria (Reuters) – Military helicopters pounded a rebel-held district of Aleppo on Saturday and armored units positioned themselves for an onslaught that could determine the fate of Syria’s biggest city, opposition sources said.

Turkey, once a friend but now a fierce critic of the Syrian government, joined growing diplomatic pressure on President Bashar al-Assad, calling for international steps to deal with the military build-up.

Jul 25, 2012

Syrian armoured column closes in on Aleppo

AMMAN/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syria sent thousands of troops towards Aleppo on Wednesday, where attack helicopters have been pounding rebel fighters, stepping up its assault on the country’s largest city to combat a growing revolt against President Bashar al-Assad.

Syria’s 16-month-old uprising has been transformed from an insurgency in remote provinces into a battle for control of the two main cities, Aleppo and the capital, Damascus, where fighting exploded last week.

Jul 25, 2012

Syria sends armored column to Aleppo, strikes from air

AMMAN/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syria sent thousands of troops surging towards Aleppo in the early hours of Wednesday, where its forces have been pounding rebel fighters from the air, engulfing the country’s largest city in total warfare to put down a revolt.

Recent days have seen Syria’s 16-month-old uprising transformed from an insurgency in remote provinces into a battle for control of the two main cities, Aleppo and the slightly smaller capital Damascus, where fighting exploded last week.

Jul 24, 2012

Aleppo under helicopter bombardment, residents say

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian army helicopters fired rockets and machineguns near central Aleppo on Tuesday as they battled rebels trying to enlarge their foothold in Syria’s second city, forcing residents to flee.

Residents said fighter jets were flying over some rebel-held neighborhoods, and that helicopters were firing at eastern and southern parts of the city located around only 3 kilometers (1.8 miles) east of Aleppo’s ancient citadel in the city centre.

Jul 24, 2012

Syria says could use chemical arms against foreigners

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Western states expressed alarm after Syria acknowledged for the first time that it has chemical and biological weapons and said it could use them if foreign countries intervene.

A week of unprecedented fighting inside the capital, Damascus, including a bomb attack that killed four of President Bashar al-Assad’s closest advisers, has transformed the 16-month uprising and dramatically escalated international pressure on Assad.

Jul 23, 2012

Syria says could use chemical arms against foreign intervention

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syria acknowledged for the first time on Monday that it had chemical and biological weapons, saying they could be used if the country faced foreign intervention.

International pressure on President Bashar al-Assad has escalated dramatically in the last week with a rebel offensive in the two biggest cities and a devastating bomb attack which killed four members of his inner circle in Damascus.

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