Mideast Syria

August 1, 2012 - 7:38 AM
This image made from amateur video released by the Ugarit News and accessed Tuesday, July 31, 2012, purports to show black smoke rising from buildings in Aleppo, Syria. United Nations observers say fighter jets are firing on anti-government rebels in Aleppo. The airstrikes come after President Bashar Assad issued a rare statement today, urging his armed forces to step up the fight against the rebels. (AP Photo/Ugarit News via AP video) THE ASSOCIATED PRESS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS HANDOUT PHOTO