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Free Syrian Army soldiers hold their weapons during clashes with government forces in the southwest district of Salah al-Din in Aleppo, Syria, last week. Syrian troops launched a ground assault Wednesday on the besieged northern city of Aleppo, but activists said rebels were fighting back in a battle for the city. (Associated Press)

Free Syrian Army soldiers hold their weapons during clashes with government forces in the southwest district of Salah al-Din in Aleppo, Syria, last week. Syrian troops launched a ground assault Wednesday on the besieged northern city of Aleppo, but activists said rebels were fighting back in a battle for the city. (Associated Press)

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