July 26th, 2012
12:51 PM ET

Battles for key cities of Aleppo, Damascus heat up in Syrian civil war

Undeterred by a wave of casualties, Syrian rebels say they will not back down in their quest to seize Aleppo, the country's commercial hub and a crucial city in the Syrian civil war.

After six days of fighting, the seesaw battle with government forces raged again Thursday as helicopter gunships flew over the city, the opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. At least one rebel fighter was killed, the group said.

The seat of President Bashar al-Assad's power also saw renewed violence Thursday as explosions rocked several Damascus neighborhoods, another opposition group said.

Regime and rebel forces battled in several Damascus neighborhoods, and the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk endured "fierce helicopter shelling with machine guns," the Local Coordination Committees of Syria said.

The LCC also reported dozens of dead and wounded in shelling by regime forces in Yalda, in the Damascus suburbs, and in bomb attacks in the Mashtal district of the capital.

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  1. banasy©

    No one likes to see blood shed...bananas as a staple or not, (derp), when push comes to shove, innocent people will always when it comes to war.
    IMO, war does not determine who is right...only who is left.

    My last sentence will be my c/p post from here on in on this topic.

    July 26, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hope

      Are you stuttering?

      Innocent people always what?

      July 26, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Innocent people will always die when it comes to war.
      I ommited a word.
      Whatever.

      July 27, 2012 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Not to mention, if that is the way one is going to present themselves at a debate with an absurd comment like "are you stuttering", one shows how very little they value another's differing viewpoint, and even more so, how shallow and petty one can be.
      Whatever, hope.
      Have a nice evening.

      July 27, 2012 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Hope

      I wasn't aware we were having a debate.
      In fact, you said you were cutting and
      pasting and had nothing more to say on
      the Subject... remember?

      Just saying???

      July 27, 2012 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    @ banasy, and a very good post it is. My defense of hope post was in answer to the post by Bill. I shouldve stated that huh? Lol sorry banasy, i know you dont like seeing suffering either. And i also know how you feel about the US involvment and agree.

    July 26, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I knew you weren't talking to me, chrissy... 🙂

      July 26, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Hope

    😀

    Blood thirsty?

    I know they've seen enough blood to last ten lifetimes!

    July 26, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    We know that too hope. The thing we dont know honestly, is it because of Assad or is it because of the rebels (that are supplied with weapons by the Russians and Chinese)??

    July 26, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    And WHAT will happen if there is NO governing body in SYRIA? What will happen if the chemical weapons fall into the hands of the rebels?

    July 26, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hope

      Hilary Clinton and other world leaders
      have been meeting with leaders of the
      Liberation Army (rebels)... I'm not privy
      to that information.

      July 26, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    Both sides bleed, last time I checked.
    Again, since casualties are not a deterrent, it would seem that the blood of their own compadres and families means they most likely want to seek revenge...as it happens so much in wars...so yes, bloodthirsty.
    That both sides have seen a lot of blood spilled doesn't mean they aren't willing to spill more.
    The willingness to spill blood, by the very definition of it, is bloodthirsty.

    War does not determine who is right, only left.

    July 26, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hope

      Both sides bleed, but one side are citizens, the other an army.

      July 27, 2012 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Armed citizens, Al-queada, and other factions that are not exactly trying to bring democracy to the table.
      There are other factions at play, here.
      Make no mistake, I *really* want to see Assad gone, but to think that the rebels are all sunshine and lollipops, and don't have an agenda of their own, is naive.
      It isn't as simple as MSM is portraying it.
      Good night.

      July 27, 2012 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  7. Hope

    Their words:

    We know we're going to die, so let's
    die for freedom.

    Assad says he has chemical weapons,
    but so did Hussein... go figure.

    July 26, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • EJ80

      yes, those invisible wmd that had everyone so willing to go to war. evil al quaeda in the middle of everything. hussein = assad...yep, we're headed for another ten year war where thousands upon thousands will be killed. iraq is more unstable today than it was in husseins day! who are we kidding here? us needs to quit trying to trying to make every other country just like us...we ain't doin all that great here, in case you haven't noticed. how many people die here everyday...and we're free? at what cost is freedom? that word is overused and abused.

      July 27, 2012 at 3:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Hope

      Ahhhh...

      No.

      😀

      July 27, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Obama Mama

    @Hope – Freedom, such a lovely word. Now if we can keep it. I feel like our government is a mafia. We still have freedom as long as they make us believe we are still free. We do have it better than most. I am tired of the BS though.

    July 27, 2012 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  9. Hope

    Hey, Ma...

    Yeah, me too... it stinks. If we were denied our liberty to come and go as we.choose, we'd all be yelling. Then power and water? We'd throw a tizzy fit. Bombing our homes, killing people as they get food and drink? We'd be rioting, too!

    Love ya,
    Hope

    July 27, 2012 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Obama Mama

      Yeah, I already been stocking up for the price gouge coming our way, to take more of our paychecks and no raise days. Electricity is going up another 10% this year or more, and it went up 10% last year. We are screwed, Next we will be taxed on water, never mind they already make us pay for how much concrete runoff we have on our property.

      July 27, 2012 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  10. Hope

    Yep... but this is different. They turn off the power and water to make you come out, and when you do... KAPLOWW! They got you. Man, woman, child... it doesn't matter to them.

    I need to hit the sack... I don't mean to be rude, but I'm exhausted. Talk tomorrow?

    July 27, 2012 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Obama Mama

      Take care Hope, good night I am headed there also.

      July 27, 2012 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  11. Hope

    Love ya, Ma!

    Nite...

    July 27, 2012 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  12. the 1 prophet

    All Assyrians take orders from CIA, the public ~!!!

    July 28, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
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