The Battle for Aleppo has begun...

An opposition campaign to break siege of Aleppo ‘different from predecessors’ began on Friday in terms of both readiness and weapons

The Battle for Aleppo has begun...

World Bulletin / News Desk

 Opposition fighters staged a major assault on a number of Syrian regime positions in Aleppo on Friday, marking the start of a fresh campaign aimed at breaking the ongoing siege of the city.

Armed opposition factions fighting under the umbrella of the Jaish al-Fatah ("Army of Conquest") struck regime forces stationed at southeastern Aleppo’s Al-Nayrab airbase, the opposition Harakat Ahrar al-Sham group said in a twitter statement.

According to the statement, Jaish al-Fatah fighters also attempted to storm the Al-Assad district west of Aleppo after breaking through the regime’s initial line of defense.

"All opposition factions are united in their determination to win this battle," Abdel-Moneim Zainuddin, a coordinator between opposition factions based in northern Syria, told Anadolu Agency.

The new campaign, Zainuddin went on to assert, "will be different from its predecessors" in terms of both combat-readiness and the quality of weapons employed.

"This operation, which aims to break the siege of Aleppo, will pose a serious challenge to Iran and Russia, the regime’s primary supporters," he added.

According to Zainuddin, an unprecedented number of opposition fighters -- he did not say how many -- had turned out to take part in what he described as the decisive "battle for Aleppo".

Güncelleme Tarihi: 28 Ekim 2016, 21:38