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Syrian troops launch ground offensive against Aleppo rebels

Forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad advance on the old city, two other districts and a strategically sited former refugee camp Syrian troops have launched a large-scale ground attack on rebel-held areas of Aleppo in a bid to make concrete military gains after nearly a week of punitive bombardment that has mostly hit civilians. Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad opened multiple fronts in an apparent attempt to increase pressure on rebel forces experienced in close urban warfare.
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