Isil fighters advance on Syria’s Aleppo after Russian air strikes in ‘most significant attack’

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) militants reached the outskirts of Syria’s second city on Friday as the US warned Russia that its campaign to tackle the extremist group was backfiring.

The jihadists launched a surprise attack on non-Isil rebel positions north of Aleppo on Thursday night, seizing at least three villages and a former army base that rebels had captured from troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad two years ago.

The attack brought them close to regime positions in the north-east of the city. Further advances could mean rebels, including many characterised as “moderate” by the West, become sealed inside the besieged city by a circle of regime and Isil fighters.

  • Seneca III

    It’s war, and it’s both inevitable and manageable provided that Vlad commits his own heavies on the ground. If he does then the infantile, amateur Muslim butchers and rapists will be, to put it subtly, stuffed. If he doesn’t then he will have another Afghanistan on his hands.

    Interesting times indeed :).

  • moraywatson

    Well I guess the “moderates” are going to have to choose sides. This is how islam works, writ large.

  • FactsWillOut


  • Norman_In_New_York

    The article is a clear indication that the fog of war has settled over northwestern Syria. I’ll just have to wait and see what transpires next.

  • Cat-astrophe

    My read on this: The Rebel’s are worried.
    It’s a WAR, the Russians are not afraid of offending the enemy and using their desire to die a martyr against them.
    Americans: “oh dear, don’t bomb them, they might attack us”
    The Russians have decided, hey, we will bomb you, you will counter attack, show your strength, and help to redirect our air attacks.
    Were watching you…..

  • The Islamists can be wiped out by carpet bombing. No surgical strikes, but all-out elimination should be the aim. Take no prisoners; shoot or blow up the murdering thugs on sight wherever they can be found.