September 7, 2016

GREATEST WAR EVER:

Iraq militia fighters join battle for Syria's Aleppo (Angus McDowall and Ahmed Rasheed, 9/07/16, Reuters)

Aleppo has been divided for years into government and rebel sectors, but President Bashar al-Assad's army has put the opposition areas under siege and now hopes to capture the whole city in what would be a devastating blow to his enemies.

Government forces are backed by Russian air power and battle-hardened Lebanese and Iraqi Shi'ite militia fighters under the apparent oversight of an Iranian general.

The arrival of reinforcements from Iraq, where Shi'ite militia are fighting their own war against the Islamic State group, shows how the Syrian and Iraqi conflicts have leapt borders, to become a broad sectarian war across the Middle East.

Posted by at September 7, 2016 1:59 PM

  

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