Regime and rebels muster forces for ‘great battle of Aleppo’

Fighters from the former Jabhat Al Nusra group, which renamed itself Jabhat Fatah Al Sham after declaring a break with Al Qaeda, took part in an operation south of Aleppo to break a government siege of the city on August 6, 2016. Omar Haj Kadour / AFP
Fighters from the former Jabhat Al Nusra group, which renamed itself Jabhat Fatah Al Sham after declaring a break with Al Qaeda, took part in an operation south of Aleppo to break a government siege of the city on August 6, 2016. Omar Haj Kadour / AFP

Beirut // Syrian regime forces and rebel factions sent hundreds of reinforcements to Aleppo on Monday as both sides braced for a battle to control the country’s second city.

Fighting for Syria’s former economic powerhouse is intensifying after an opposition advance at the weekend broke through a three-week government siege of the city’s rebel-held east, dealing a major setback to regime troops.

Rebel forces on Sunday announced a bid to capture all of Aleppo, which if successful would mark the biggest opposition victory yet in Syria’s five-year civil war.

But forces loyal to President Bashar Al Assad are putting up a fierce fight and have begun pouring reinforcements into the city.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group, said about 2,000 pro-regime fighters from Syria, Iraq, Iran and Lebanese Shiite movement Hizbollah had arrived in Aleppo since Sunday night. READ MORE OF THIS STORY

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.