Analysis With Chemical Attack, Syria's Assad Seeks to Corral Rebels in Urban Prison

The tactic is a similar one to that used by Russia in Chechnya - push insurgents out of countryside and into the city, where they can be easily annihilated.

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About a month ago a senior Russian officer was cited on the Arabic news website Al Bawaba estimating that the big campaign on Idlib will begin soon. The officer, who remained unnamed, said Syria and Russia...