Sunday, July 29, 2012

The Heroes Aleppo Battle

Colonel Abdel Jabbar al-Oqaidi

Colonel Abdel Jabbar al-Oqaidi- AFP

 NEAR ALEPPO, Syria (AFP) - Aleppo, the latest battleground in Syria's 16-month uprising, will be the Syrian army's "graveyard," said Colonel Abdel Jabbar al-Oqaidi, the head of the rebels in the city.
"Aleppo will be the graveyard of the tanks" of the Syrian army, Oqaidi declares after a day in which the rebels claimed to have destroyed "eight tanks and some armoured vehicles and killed more than 100 soldiers."
"We ask the West for a no-fly zone," he says in order to prevent aerial raids carried out by Assad's forces.
"We are ready to bring down this regime," Oqaidi says,..
"There is no strategic withdrawal of the Free Syrian Army. We await the attack," he says, refusing to reveal how many rebels are fighting in Aleppo as these were "military secrets."
"The army can only use its aircraft or heavy artillery at a distance, shelling cities, destroying houses. It cannot enter the city," he says.

"We are positioned throughout the city and we have arms to defend ourselves against helicopters," he adds, accusing the regime of trying to "commit a massacre."

"They want to do what they did in Homs,"

"We expect them to commit a very great slaughter, and we urge the international community to intervene to prevent these crimes," the colonel says.
"The Syrian army wavers, it is collapsing. It stands for no specific cause," he says.