Crude weapons, exhausted forces fuel deadly stalemate in Aleppo

October 17, 2016

ALEPPO, Syria — The siege on rebel-held eastern Aleppo, which is slowlychoking the life out of almost half the city, is being painfully drawn out because neither Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces, nor the opposition are strong enough to win decisively, nor weak enough to be forced to capitulate.

CBS News correspondent Elizabeth Palmer says one missile in particular has become a trademark of the opposition fighters in the city — once Syria’s economic powerhouse and its most densely populated metropolis.

Cooking gas canisters are sawn in half, packed with explosives, closed up and mounted on crude tail fins. They are then aimed — sort of — and launched through an ordinary piece of steel pipe. The result isn’t pretty, or accurate, but it is lethal.


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