Why the Specific Partition of Aleppo was no Coincidence

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November 30 · Issue #16 · View online
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Key developments
  • After months of siege and heavy bombardment, pro-Assad troops moved into the northern parts of rebel-held eastern Aleppo. The advance is a huge blow for the rebels who controlled the neighborhoods since July 2012. Kurdish forces also captured some territory and a picture even shows a regime flag raised alongside a YPG banner in the neighborhood of Bustan al-Basha. 
  • Thousands of residents flee eastern Aleppo amid the offensive and enter territory controlled by the regime. Syrian state TV showed footage of civilians who praised the pro-Assad forces for liberating them. However, no one can give detailed information at the moment and the propaganda war should observed carefully. 
  • Armed groups withdrew into the southern parts of east Aleppo. But their resistance is hopeless as the regime is willing to re-capture the city regardless of the total destruction we witness. 
  • France called for an immediate Security Council meeting on the issue, but overall, the world remains silent. It is certainly no coincidence that the offensive happened precisely now, when the U.S. administration is even more unlikely to react due to the recent elections.
  • Contrary to reports you can read in some newspapers, the fall of Aleppo is not a decision in the war: Rebels are rooted in the countryside and can still rely on tens of thousands of fighters. Even if the war along front lines would collapse, the following guerilla warfare wouldn’t be less brutal.
Articles worth reading
Urban Conflicts and Multiple War Narratives: The Case of Aleppo
Joshua Landis on Syria and Trump’s election: ‘America has prolonged the civil war, only destabilized the region’
Assad Strikes Back in Aleppo
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