The State Department said Thursday the Syrian dictatorship is preparing a massacre in Syria’s largest city, Aleppo.
Aleppo is a city of more than 3 million people, the size of Los Angeles. Refugees are pouring out of town. It was a year and a half ago that a popular uprising rebelled against the 42-year-old dictatorship of the Assad family. Rebels have taken some Aleppo’s neighborhoods.
One recent photograph from the embattled city stands out: Five-year-old Mohammad Amumrej, wounded during Syrian army shelling of the town, is whisked away for medical treatment.
The rebels are also holding other pockets in Syria.
One village at a time, using light weapons and homemade bombs, fighters who call themselves the Sham Falcons have accomplished something very significant: They have pushed Syrian government forces back and carved out an area of rebel control in the hills of Jebel-a-Zawya, southwest of Aleppo.