Syria - Assad forces grow in strength as rebel onslaught continues

The fightback by Syrian government forces continues apace.

Troops loyal to Bashar al Assad have been stepping up their attack
on the northern city of Aleppo, further diminishing chances of a peace
conference taking place this month.

The insurgents have suffered a recent series of battlefield setbacks
with advancing government soldiers appearing to regain the upper hand.

Despite a pledge by the “Friends of Syria” to increase military
support to the rebels, Syrian government forces are expected to outmatch
the opposition in size and resources.

The rebels are also besieged on the outskirts of Damascus and hopes of a ceasefire appear ever more remote.