In other news Thursday, the United Nations human rights chief echoed U.S. concerns on the potential for a massacre in Syria's largest city Aleppo. Also, NATO reports reveal insurgent attacks in Afghanistan have risen rapidly over the past three months.
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There were new warnings today the Syrian government is preparing a full-scale assault on the city of Aleppo.
The U.N. human rights chief echoed U.S. concerns about the potential for a massacre. Military helicopters and artillery continued heavy firing into the city. They have been battling rebel fighters for seven days to retake control of the country's commercial capital. Meanwhile, in Oslo, Norway, the outgoing head of the U.N.'s monitoring mission said the Syrian regime is bound to fall.
MAJ. GEN. ROBERT MOOD, U.N. Mission to Syria (through translator): It's impossible to imagine a prospective Syria where those in power today are still in power. It's just a question of time before this regime will fall, and that is the way it should be as well.
Thousands of residents have escaped the violence by fleeing to neighboring Turkey.
Insurgent attacks in Afghanistan are rising rapidly. NATO reported today there's been an 11 percent increase in attacks over the past three months compared to the same time period last year.
Also today, a NATO service member was killed in Eastern Afghanistan. There was no announcement of the soldier's nationality.
Those are some of the day's major stories.