"Anti-regime guerillas have battled to stave off an onslaught by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo on Sunday as the government claimed it had defeated a rebel assault in Damascus. Despite days of heavy skirmishes in the south-west of Syria's second city, a decisive battle is yet to begin.
The rebels are in control of a crescent-shaped area, from the east to the south and centred on the suburb of Salahedine. The Free Syrian Army (FSA) has set up a network of checkpoints in the neighbourhoods it controls, run by young militia fighters, many of them extremely nervy. It remains encamped in much of the hinterland to the north of the city, which it entered on 20 July, and troops are using anti-regime villages in these areas to move reinforcements into Aleppo." Guardian”
Two days old but still interesting, a decision point for the Syrian government is whether or not they should assault and clear the city quickly or "sweat" the opposition forces out over some time in the hope of not destroying the economic value of the city. The Sunni business community there as well as the Christian minority are all assets that Assad will not want to ruin.
IMO he will decide on a fairly long siege. pl