The Syrian capital of Aleppo is once again under siege as Syrian regime forces try to win back the capital against the Syrian opposition. Syrian warplanes have struck rebel positions near Aleppo’s military air base and other rebel held areas in the north Tuesday.
Rebels have been planning to take over Kweiras and its two military air bases but are faced with great adversity as the regime had gone on the offensive in the province and other areas to recapture rebel-held territories. Activists also reported that the government had targeted Atareb and Kfar Hamra in Aleppo province as troops clahsed with the rebels inside the provincial capital.
The Syrian violence had also spilled beyond the border of the country. Clashes between pro-Hezbollah gunmen and radical Sunni clerics in southern Lebanon had killed two people, according to officials. In the last few months, Lebanon had seen violence burst suddenly between the supporters and opponents of Assad.
Hezbollah openly joined the fight in Syria on Assad’s side and helped on the attack against Qusair just over the border in Syria earlier this month. Backed by Iran, the regime finally regained control of the city amidst a violent fight against the rebels
The Syrian civil war had caused casualties of over 93,000, including women and children.
If US President Barack Obama refuses to help arm Syria’s rebels, the Arab and European countries may fill in their position. The US considered its option to arm the rebels after watching the footage of Syrian regime force seize Qusair from the rebels in a bloody battle with great civilian casualties.
The re-invasion of Qusair by government forces is a sign that the military balance between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the rebels may be tipping. Lebanese Hezbollah fighters and Iran support Al-Assad’s regime. The UN also suspects that Al-Assad is using chemical weapons in the battle and evidence supporting this fact has increased.
The G8 summit will allow leaders of Britain, France, Russia and the US to talk about any decision regarding the arming of the rebels. Analysts see many consequences based on the US President Barack Obama’s decision. If the US choose otherwise, Saudi and Qatar might gain more profit and may give way to client militias with sponsorships from diferent countries, which might cause problems with a united rebel front.
Because Arab countries cannot afford to lose Syria, they will be the country most likely to fill the gap the US might leave.
The US is reconsidering not arming the rebels because Syrian Rebels have connections with al-Qaeda and some of the arms they provide can end up in terrorist hands.