Fighting more ferocious than anything seen during the past year rocked Aleppo, Syria’s second largest city, on Tuesday, when rebel forces opened an offensive to re-take the city from soldiers of the Bashar Al-Assad regime. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the offensive stalled on Wednesday morning when Assad’s troops pushed back the coalition of rebels fighting under the name of “Fatah Halab.”

Witnesses report the sounds of heavy artillery and air strikes throughout the night. Most observers believe the military decisions for the regime are being dictated by Assad’s Russian patrons, despite the joint effort to restore calm to the area that Russia is allegedly participating in alongside the United States. READ MORE