Syrian troops begin ground offensive to retake Aleppo


Originally published in The Telegraph

Syrian government forces have begun an all-out ground assault on besieged rebel-held east Aleppo, as they attempt to retake the whole of the city.

“The regime plan for Aleppo looks to be: besiege, starve, bombard, terrify, and shrink the pocket down,” said Kyle Orton, a Middle East analyst at the Henry Jackson Society think-tank. “Divide it into pieces and empty as many inhabitants as possible.

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