AFP: Both sides brace for crucial battle for Syria's Aleppo
Beirut (AFP) - Syrian regime forces and rebel factions sent hundreds of reinforcements to Aleppo Monday as both sides braced for a crucial 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 Sunday announced a bid to capture all of Aleppo city, 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 in reinforcements.
The main opposition coalition said Monday it was only a matter of time before rebels take all of Aleppo, but the United States warned there would be no quick victory.
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Syrian War News Updates -- August 8, 2016
The battle for Syria's Aleppo just went through a chaotic 48 hours -- VICE News
Syrian rebels cut government’s supply routes in Aleppo -- Financial Times
Syria's civil war: Rebels push to take all of Aleppo -- Al Jazeera
Syrian opposition hails 'miraculous' victory after claiming to break Aleppo siege -- CNN
Jubilant Syrian Rebels Promise Aleppo Offensive Far From Over -- VOA
Syrian regime sends thousands of reinforcements to 'Great Battle of Aleppo' after major setback -- Telegraph
Battles rage across Aleppo as Assad regime fights to quell rebels -- The Guardian
Iraqi, Lebanese militias deploy to Syria’s Aleppo -- AP
8 more Hezbollah fighters killed in Syria’s Aleppo -- Ya Liban
US says no swift victory in battle for Syria's Aleppo. -- AFP
Syrian Air Force Destroys Militant Convoy Moving From Idlib to Aleppo - Source -- Sputnik
Syria: MSF-Supported Hospital in Idlib Governorate Destroyed by Bombing -- Doctors Without Borders
Russian long-range bombers destroy ISIS targets near Palmyra, Syria -- RT
Russian jets 'drop thermite bombs' on Syrian city -- The Telegraph
New Incendiary Attacks in Syria Linked to Russian Bombs -- bellingcat
U.S. urges Russia to halt Syria sieges; Russia slams aid politicization -- Reuters
Details of Aleppo’s crisis in Syria told to diplomats at UN -- Newsday
As water and basic supplies run out in Aleppo, UN urges truce to provide humanitarian assistance -- UN News Centre
More than 290,000 killed in Syria war, monitor says. -- AFP
Syria's opposition is on the verge of one of the most 'surprising' victories of the revolution -- Natasha Bertrand, Business Insider
Syria war: Why the battle for Aleppo matters -- Shashank Joshi, BBC