The Australian/The Times: Aleppo: Putin set to launch huge attack
Vladimir Putin will launch a full-scale military assault on the Syrian city of Aleppo as early as this week, according to Western intelligence.
The Russian President plans to exploit a political hiatus in Washington during the presidential election and its aftermath to secure a decisive victory in the rebel-held east of the city by the middle of January for his ally President Bashar al-Assad.
Moscow’s only aircraft carrier, which is travelling to a strike position in the eastern Mediterranean, will be used to enhance Russian firepower over Aleppo in support of the Syrian regime, according to the intelligence assessment.
The anticipated onslaught could be devastating for more than 250,000 men, women and children still living in the rebel enclave in Syria’s biggest city.
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More News On Reports That A New Offensive Is Being Planned To Retake Rebel Controlled Aleppo
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Russia preparing for final assault on Aleppo, Western officials warn -- SKY News
Vladimir Putin to launch 'full-scale military attack' on Syria's Aleppo as early as this week -- Mirror
Western Intelligence Considers Russia to Launch Aleppo Operation Soon -- Sputnik