Danger Room: Syria Uses Air Strikes Against Rebels (Which Usually Fail)

25.07.12

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by DAVID AXE

The crumbling regime of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad reportedly unleashed its air force on Wednesday in what could be the biggest aerial onslaught of the more than year-old civil war. Jet fighters dropped bombs on the northern city of Aleppo, Reuters and the BBC reported.

The fixed-wing air attacks, rare events in the bloody, grinding conflict, could be a sign of the government’s desperation. While visually impressive, attacks by fast-moving warplanes are rarely effective in dislodging fleet-footed insurgent forces from urban areas. Bombings can, however, kill unprotected civilians and devastate homes and businesses.

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