"During September, the U.S. anti-ISIS coalition carried out an average of 4.2 airstrikes on ISIS in predominately east Syria. This after an average of 6.8 per day in August. The rate in October was about the same as in September until Thursday October 22. Then, according to the U.S. Military Times, the strike rate decreased markedly. The Islamic State used the lull in airstrikes in east Syria to move hundreds of fighters and heavy equipment towards the supply line that connects Damascus with the government held areas (green) of Aleppo. http://www.moonofalabama.org/2015/10/us-stopped-syria-air-strikes-while-nusra-and-is-prepared-attack-on-government-supply-route.html
My friend in Aleppo writes, "We now have limited goods to consume, with limited resources of fuel and water. Prices are jumping higher for almost everything. I hope that situation to end soon. It's getting worse day after day since roughly the 23rd or 24th of October. Prices of everything are getting higher and higher day after day. The generators that used to supply houses with power for 10 hours a day, are now supplying us with 6.5 hours for the same price of 10 hours. Blackmailing in markets for all goods is taking place. We are under siege since then. 'Crisis Merchants' are squeezing the pockets of the people to the last penny." Sucks to be Syrian for real, Amy.
PS: A Russian civilian airliner was just shot down over Sinai. ISIS claims the kill -- but who supplied ISIS with the missile in the first place? ISIS doesn't manufacture missiles. Boeing, Lockheed and Raytheon do. In the style of MH17. Or else perhaps it was a bomb that blew up the plane -- in the grand old style of the CIA. Dirty pool. Dirty hands. Disgusting.