July 27th, 2012
04:14 AM ET

Syrian rebels amass as battles for Aleppo, Damascus intensify

Syrian rebels prepared for a fresh onslaught Friday by setting up medical clinics in apartments and homes throughout Aleppo, the country's commercial hub.

The offensive is expected after morning prayers, according to the opposition Local Coordination Committees of Syria.

Plans are under way to send 300 more fighters to bolster forces in Aleppo, where 18 of 22 rebel brigades are located, according to a rebel commander.

As the rebels geared up for the Aleppo offensive, the seat of Bashar al-Assad's power saw renewed violence as heavy shelling rocked Damascus, according to the Local Coordination Committees of Syria.

Regime forces battled rebels in several neighborhoods Friday, including Damascus and Aleppo. At least one person was killed in Aleppo, the opposition group said.

The clashes come after at least 200 people were killed Thursday, including 48 in Aleppo and 46 in Damascus and its suburbs. The LCC said it is the first time since the uprising started that Aleppo has led in the number of deaths in a single day across Syria.

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  1. dr. watson

    But...but...but...what about the peace propsal?

    July 27, 2012 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
  2. ronvan

    Amazing isn't it? OK folks lets go to church and pray and when were done lets get on with the killing!

    July 27, 2012 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
    • really

      yep, sort of reminds me of the vatican's actions for centuries. same evil dogmatic crap with a different wrapper

      July 28, 2012 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    Well, so far this Syrian "civil war" hasn't been much more "civil" than the one fought over cotton and tobacco. But will the slaves truly be set-free this time around, is what I'm wondering. That, and will war debts be repaid. Do Syrians purchase war bonds?

    July 27, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. ???

    @Philip. The civil war was fought to free the slaves, dummy. The North won! The slaves were set-free! (sort of)

    July 27, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    Hogwish ???. The US GOV. never repaid loans from the Banc of France who financed The Revolution vs. England. Years later, the Banc sold the note to the Bank of England for pennies on the dollar, and England demanded payment.
    The US gov could not afford to repay, and so invaded to South to capture cotton and tobacco plantations, and before long England was partially repaid w/cotton and tobacco shipments.
    That the slaves were fought over and truly freed is rediculous. Even now, 43% of those slaves children have one source of income: Welfare. And most of those slaves CHILDREN are STILL trapped in ghetto projects with little more than two choices: a life of crime/prison or slave for the military.

    July 27, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    War does not determine who is right – only who is left.

    @Rawr:
    Please refer to my post about this time last year.

    July 27, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    @Philip
    you do have the knack to put a dent in what we Americans chose to believe for being self righteous.
    Though I admit you research and speak from that point.
    Good morning.

    July 27, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    @banasy well said.

    July 27, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tony

    Message to be send to Alawite and Assad supporters. Are you insane to support a murderers, the attrocities that has capptured by the media tell you that those creators are devoid of humanity and mercy. How ASSAD will win when he destroyed his country and massacard his people. Assad army are cowards they are expressing their strength on unarmed people and bombarding their homes. Those people are very poor and have no resources.
    Mr. Assad the little Hitler the syrian people will get you.

    July 31, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tony

    President Obama you are no different from impotent Kofi Annan, the ugly Condy Rice, the ideot Colin Powe, the beautiful Opra winfreyl. All of you are a disgrace to your race and humanity. Slaves of grand master who own you, put a cloth on you and direct you to do your dirty job. The history will not exempt you from being responsible from bad policies and will throw you in the garbage of the history.

    July 31, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |