Can Diplomacy Help Break the Brutal Sieges in Syria?

The former rebel-held neighborhood of Ansari in northeastern Aleppo after it was retaken by the Syrian government, Jan. 20, 2017 (AP photo by Hassan Ammar).
The former rebel-held neighborhood of Ansari in northeastern Aleppo after it was retaken by the Syrian government, Jan. 20, 2017 (AP photo by Hassan Ammar).
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The former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, called them “starve, surrender and slaughter” tactics. Former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called them a “war crime.” Sieges have been especially brutal on civilians in Syria’s civil war, yet they remain the Syrian government’s favorite strategy for retaking territory and purging key regions of the country of its opponents. In May, the United Nations undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs, Stephen O’Brien, accused Bashar al-Assad’s government of exploiting civilian suffering as a “tactic of war.” The regime’s bloody, four-year campaign to recapture the battered city of Aleppo, which ended in a four-month siege […]

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