The advice US Defense Chief Gave to Assad on Monday. His exact words, "if you value the safety of yourself, your family, get the hell out now." Adding "Assad knows he is done," and Aleppo will be the final nail in his coffin."
The First Lady of Hell.
That description of Asma Assad given by the journalist Joan Juliet Buck. Buck stating that"Mrs Assad had duped me" when she interviewed her in Damascus in January of 2011. She led Buck to believe that she considered the well being of Syria's children to be the countries future. Asma Assad had said the "children must be empowered." Two months later, 15 children were arrested, detained, tortured, mutilated(some castrated), broken and battered, for spray painting anti regime slogans in the city of Daraa. Several of the bodies were "delivered" to their families. Then their parents were made to go on television and say what a great man and president Assad was. Buck is speaking out now about the sham the Assad's presented to her. Newsweek carries her story.
The Battle of Aleppo.
Which Assad is not winning. On Monday, a military base at the northern gates of the ancient city was overrun by the FSA. After a three hour intense firefight, 100 Syrian regular army units were routed. Left behind by them were six tanks, and stockpiles of weapons and ammunition. Today, three more police stations were captured, bringing the total to six. The FSA controls at least six districts in the city. The heaviest fighting is in the Salahaddin district. For days now, the Assad forces have used helicopter gunships, fighter jets(MiGs) tanks, and heavy artillery in their futile attempt to retake the city. The FSA has also captured hundreds of prisoners and are holding them in school houses dozens of miles away from the city. The FSA controls much of the area around Aleppo, most of the small villages and towns to the north, east and west. More than 200,000 civilians, mostly women and children have fled the city.
Sources of information for this article include, but are not limmited to, CNN International, BBC America, PBS NewsHour and Democracy Now.