Even With Aleppo’s Fall, Syria’s Assad Will Keep Looking Over His Shoulder

Posters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Aleppo, Syria, Dec. 5, 2016 (AP photo by Hassan Ammar).
Posters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Aleppo, Syria, Dec. 5, 2016 (AP photo by Hassan Ammar).
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The Syrian civil war has undeniably reached a turning point. Syrian government forces and their allies have routed the rebels in the eastern side of the city of Aleppo, once the country’s largest and most thriving metropolis. Aleppo lies in ruins, its population terrified by a relentless assault by the Syrian army, with the support of Russia, Lebanon’s Shiite militia Hezbollah and other Shiite forces organized and backed by Iran. The eastern districts of Aleppo had been under rebel control since 2012. Their fall marks the most significant setback suffered by the forces seeking an end to the dictatorship of […]

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