Syria's second city, Aleppo, is braced for a fully-fledged counter-offensive by government forces after another day of artillery and helicopter fire against rebel-held districts.
Syrian special forces had been deployed on the edge of town and more troops were due to arrive for an attack on Friday or Saturday, a state security source told the AFP news agency. Reinforcements of 1,500-2,000 men were said to have arrived to help the 2,000 rebels already in Aleppo.
"Aleppo is a complex city. You can see people support the regime, those who are fearful and those who are pro-revolution. The middle and upper classes don’t want the rebels to come in. They want everything to be business as usual. No one can can predict what will happen but there is unhappiness that the rebels have brought all this firepower down on Aleppo."
Reading this part made me wonder how FSA is really thinking about earning, maintaining trust from population. Necessary move to stretch and exhaust the regime - or - I wonder about who’s really planning these attack strategy and how it’s turning out to be - (the results being as planned or otherwise?)
Following FSA’s take on Damascus, this is the major 2nd round.