Thursday, July 26, 2012

US Fears Syria Planning Massacre In Aleppo

Syrian government troops are reportedly massing around the city of Aleppo, with the US claiming they could be "lining up" for a massacre.

Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al Assad are said to be keeping up the attack on rebel-held positions in Syria's second city from the ground and in the air.

Fierce clashes in Aleppo yesterday killed more than 100 people, according to unconfirmed reports.

US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said: "Aleppo has again been bombarded by Syrian fighter jets in the latest desperate effort by the Assad regime to hold onto control and there are credible reports of columns of tanks to attack the city.

The State Department said that troop movements on Aleppo along with air strikes by helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft represented a "serious escalation" of the government's efforts to crush an armed rebellion.

"This is the concern: that we will see a massacre in Aleppo and that's what the regime appears to be lining up for," Ms Nuland added. Read More