Amateur video purports to show fierce clashes between Syrian forces and rebels in Aleppo amid an Islamist-led offensive on areas controlled by President Assad. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
The sky is filled with warfare over Aleppo, amid fierce fighting between rebel forces and Syrian government troops. The video, which can not be independently verified by Reuters, comes amid reports of an Islamist-led offensive on areas controlled by President Bashar al-Assad. Aleppo has been partitioned into zones of government and insurgent control since 2012. The city is of vital importance to Assad. Losing Aleppo would further entrench a de facto partition of Syria between western areas still governed from Damascus and the rest of the country run by a patchwork of militias.