The massacre that took place inside the provincial capital of Aleppo on Monday has infuriated the people of this historical Syrian city.

The overwhelming majority of civilians in the provincial capital live under the government; and while they can flee to safer provinces like Latakia or Tartous, the people of Aleppo obstinately remain in their shell-ridden homes.

Since August of 2012, the people of Aleppo City have been under constant fear of the rebel forces that have indiscriminately targeted their homes for not supporting their cause.

For many residents, Aleppo City is more than just a place to live; it is their very soul that has built centuries of history.

While tourists gawk over sites like the ancient Citadel and Souq; it is these people (Halabis) that have cultivated and maintained much of Aleppo’s infrastructure for many generations

So, as you can imagine, leaving Aleppo City is not an option for most of theses residents.

Instead, they put their faith in the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), who they entrust to protect them and their country.

Soldiers from Aleppo even make up a large part of the army, which includes several special operation units that serve as far east as Qamishli and as far south as Al-Sweida.

However, the situation is different now; while the majority of Syrians enjoyed the nationwide ceasefire over the last two months, the people of Aleppo were subjected to constant attacks from unknown rebel groups.

Moreover, life has become unbearable for the 1 million civilians still living in Aleppo City; and it is not getting any better.

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Frustration is mounting over the Syrian Arab Army’s inactivity at this front and many blame the High Command of the Syrian Armed Forces for their plight.

Each time the Syrian Armed Forces announce an offensive at Aleppo City; it is called off within days.

This cannot continue to happen if the Syrian Armed Forces plan on recapturing Aleppo City anytime soon.

The longer they wait, the more time the opposition forces have to reassemble and launch new attacks that take a toll on the remaining residents of this historical Syrian city.


The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Al-Masdar News.
Leith Fadel is the Owner, Editor and Journalist of Al-Masdar News.

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Mohammad Shauzub Baqiri
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Its a do or die for rebels!

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888mladen .

Valid point. It is make it or brake it.

Janjak Desalin 1804
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the SAA, sad to say, has avoided urban combat, at all costs, since this conflict began; that’s where the REAL fighting is.

just look at that pocket in northern Homs that has been rebel controlled for years, now. it’s surrounded by SAA controlled territory, yet, it remains.

at some point, somebody’s gon’na have to be willing to die to save Syria. we can be sure that won’t be Assad!

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Amnesty bought by Western media, says that Bashar is a monster that eat children… But when rebels are massacring innocent people, they dont say anything… SAA please, exterminate them.

El Cid Asaei
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Yes but before taking Aleppo, it is imperative SAA secures Dier Ezzor from ISIS, the entire Latakia province, and the supply route to Aleppo. Without the latter, the rebels will be trapped and then a meaningful offensive can begin without distractions. SAA just have to resist the temptation right now, before the cracks are sealed in the aforementioned provinces.

Izat Charkatli
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Izat Charkatli

The supply route is secured, there’s a separate contingent working on Deir El Zor (the Tiger forces), and there are 1,000 Syrian soldiers working on the Kabani front. Do not worry about those things. The military command knows what it’s doing.

El Cid Asaei
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Izat I worry because we’ve been here before. Taking Aleppo will be tough, so they need to give themselves as much buffer as possible. Glad to hear the supply route is secure(?), but the border with Turkey also needs to be secured don’t you think? After all, where are these takfiri savages coming from!

agitpapa
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More like do or die for Aleppo civilians

Tartus66
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Tartus66

Once the tide turns there will be long memories and lots of payback!

ffang
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ffang

always was,always will be.

Kopfz
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Kopfz

Taking Aleppo would be a great victory for Syria, but not an easy one. The cost in resources, lives and time would be significant. There are easier targets that will achieve greater strategic victories, making an overall victory easier to achieve. And possibly force the rebels in Aleppo to a ceasefire agreement without an urban battle. Recapturing the Jirah airbase, thus isolating Islamic State in the north, and preventing reinforcements and supplies from Turkey to the south would be a much bigger strategical victory. Liberating Deir Ez-Zor, and pushing north to meet up with the Syrians, thus dividing Islamic State… Read more »