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Rubble and Despair of War Redefine Syria Jewel
The New York Times ^ | December 18, 2012 | C. J. CHIVERS

Posted on 12/18/2012 6:37:08 PM PST by MinorityRepublican

The Fight for Aleppo: In Syria’s largest city, a sustained and pitched battle between rebels and the Syrian army has left the city in ruins.

ALEPPO, Syria — Inside the classrooms where they once studied, the boys darted like a pack. Their banging and clanking could be heard for a city block.

The playground outside had been hit by a Syrian Air Force airstrike, which fractured the school’s walls. Now the children were smashing the furniture, prying off wooden desktops and bench seats, rushing away with what they could.

The Isam al-Nadri School for Boys was being dismantled for the firewood it contained. One sixth grader, Ahmed, clutching the kindling he had made by ransacking a room, offered an irreducible argument for looting his own school. “I want heat,” he said.

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1 posted on 12/18/2012 6:37:16 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
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Well, I guess the city’s citizens should have thought long and hard before they took sides with islamists who want to bring them back to the 7th century...


some residents express yearnings for starkly opposite visions of the future: either for a return of the relative stability of the Assad government or for the promises of Islamic rule.

That changed in July when the Free Syrian Army, or F.S.A., as many rebels call themselves, entered Aleppo and opened urban fronts.

In late November, Aleppo’s flour supply was abruptly cut when rebels captured much of the city’s grain storage. What might have been a victory instead became a source of popular rage.

Before the fighting came to Aleppo, several doctors said, the government misted the streets and the areas where sandflies bred with insecticide. That has not happened for months. Leishmaniasis cases have spiked.


2 posted on 12/18/2012 6:45:18 PM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Just how much misery and suffering are the Democrats willing to mete out to put cash in their pockets?


3 posted on 12/18/2012 7:25:49 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: MinorityRepublican

Are we sure that the reporter was not lost and was actually reporting from Detroit, LA, or Chicago?


4 posted on 12/18/2012 7:44:42 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (The law of unintended consequences is an unforgiving and vindictive b!tch!)
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