Each week, HuffPost World will provide the top stories out of Syria and a recap of events in the country's civil war, as opposition forces clash with President Bashar Assad's troops.
August 4 - August 10 In Review
- The Syrian army launched a ground assault on Syria's largest city, Aleppo. On Friday, rebels promised a counter-attack after previously losing ground.
- The United States is preparing new sanctions against the Assad regime.
- Syrian rebels reportedly kidnapped 48 Iranians near Damascus. Iran claims the 48 are religious pilgrims, while rebels say the men are members of Iran's Revolutionary Guard.
- Syria's Prime Minister Riyad Hijab defected to Jordan. President Bashar Assad appointed former health minister Wael Nader Al-Halqi as the new premier.
- The World Health Organization warns that Syria is facing huge shortages of drugs and medicines.
- Iran hosted an international meeting of 'Friends of Syria' to discuss the situation in the war-torn country. Delegations from about 30 countries reportedly attended the conference.
Media Not To Miss
CNN -- Syrian City Deals With Civil War
CNN's Ben Wedeman reports from Syria's embattled city of Aleppo. Wederman met Muaffaq and his family of seven in the Salahedine neighborhood. "The situation is terrible," Muaffaq says. "We're taking everything we can, we don't know where we'll go. We've lost everything so we're leaving," he adds.
Watch the report in the video below.The Associated Press -- What's Behind The Conflict The AP compiled this interesting explainer on the basics of the conflict in Syria.
Martin Chulov reports for the Guardian from the embattled city of Aleppo.
In his latest dispatch Chulov writes:
Street 15 in Salahedin now resembles Leningrad in its darkest days, and the suburb itself is in far worse shape than when the Guardian last visited on Saturday. Most streets on the eastern side are now impassable by car. Broken sewage and water pipes and food leftovers have formed a festering stew over the few surfaces that aren't littered with the flotsam and jetsam of war.