Aleppo, een van de oudste steden ter wereld, is niet meer. De stad is een grote ruïne, waar het “Free Syrian Army” vecht tegen het reguliere Syrische leger. De strijd duurt al jaren, Aleppo ligt niet ver van de grens met Turkije, waar de “rebellen” die Libië hebben “bevrijd”, Syrië in 2012 binnen kwamen. De 2.738.000 inwoners van Aleppo zijn vrijwel allemaal gevlucht, de stad wordt nog slechts bevolkt door de strijdende partijen. Zij worden gescheiden door de beroemde citadel van Aleppo, die al gedeeltelijk is verwoest. De Grote Moskee ligt reeds volledig in puin.

Twee documentaires van Vice News gaan over de strijd om Aleppo. Vice News filmt aan de kant van het “Free Syrian Army” die schiet op de regeringstroepen van Assad. Het maakt echter niet uit wie de winnaar is, wie uiteindelijk zal heersen over deze verwoeste stad.

A City Left in Ruins: The Battle for Aleppo

Gepubliceerd op 21 mei 2014

Until the civil war reached it two years ago, Aleppo was Syria’s largest city and the country’s commercial and industrial hub. Now the ancient city lies in ruins, 70 percent of its population has fled, and those who remain live under siege. Rebel-held areas are under constant bombardment by barrel bombs — crudely improvised explosive devices that are dropped from government aircraft.

As rebel and government forces struggle for total victory, VICE filmmaker Medyan Dairieh followed the volunteers of Aleppo’s Civil Defense, a civilian rescue organization, who risk their lives daily as the first responders to government airstrikes in a city seemingly abandoned by the outside world.

A City Left in Ruins: The Battle for Aleppo duurt 28 minuten.

The ghosts of Aleppo

Part 1: Controlling the Capital of the Syrian Revolution
Part 2: Teenage Soldiers and Homemade Grenades
Part 3: Keeping the Peace in a Wasteland of War
Part 4: Fighting the Regime from the Underground
Part 5: Secret Hospitals Treating Wounded Civilians

The ghosts of Aleppo (part 1)

September 23, 2014

Aleppo is Syria’s largest metropolitan area and a millennia-old commercial capital. Today, however, it is a relative ghost town, threatened by regime bombing from the air and a militant offensive on the ground.

For two weeks this summer, VICE News embedded with the Islamic Front, a coalition of Islamist rebels fighting the forces of President Bashar al-Assad on one hand and Islamic State militants on the other. From their secret tunnels beneath the ancient city to their threatened frontline outposts in Aleppo’s ruined medieval center, we followed the Islamic Front as it battled against overwhelming odds to retain control of the capital of the Syrian revolution.

The ghosts of Aleppo duurt een uur en 2 minuten.

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8 Reacties op “Wat nou ISIS? Aleppo is al volledig verwoest!”

  • Boudine:

    Ken O’keefe Destroys bald NWO shill on Press TV – He knows what’s going on

  • Boudine:

    Die Ken O’keefe is wel een uitgesproken type. Het blijkt een ex-marineman die nu al jaren in de vredesbeweging werkt. Goede voornemens: Ken O’keefe is een artikel op BOUblog meer dan waard.

    Ken O’Keefe – The Islamic State Debate [Sept. 2014]

  • Triest om te zien. 8 jaar geleden was ik daar nog, ongelovelijk dat het er nu zo een grote bende is. Met dank aan de VS en de EU.

    En ondertussen verkoopt de VS in Jordanie massaal haar wapens aan allerlei partijen daar in de regio. Misselijkmakend om op zo een manier geld te verdienen aan de dood van mensen en het vernietigen van steden.

    Must see docu ook, The Military Industrial Complex

    The Business of War: SOFEX duurt 20 minuten.

    • Boudine:

      Beste Douwe,
      Daarnet heb ik deze docu bekeken. Weerzinwekkend! Het begeleidende artikel is ook prima. Maar ik word er wel somber van, want valt deze waanzin nog te stoppen? Misschien als ook Jeruzalem is veranderd in een soort Aleppo???

  • Boudine:

    Nog even wat leesvoer:

    Biden’s Admission: US Allies Armed ISIS

    Referring to Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Biden said,

    “They were so determined to take down Assad and essentially have a proxy Sunni-Shia war, what did they do? They poured hundreds of millions of dollars and tens, thousands of tons of weapons into anyone who would fight against Assad—except that the people who were being supplied were al Nusra and al Qaeda and the extremist elements of jihadis coming from other parts of the world.”

    “Now you think I’m exaggerating,” he continued, to emphasize his point. “Take a look! Where did all of this go?” Biden claimed that the US opposed arming these al Qaeda-linked groups, which included ISIS, adding, “We could not convince our colleagues to stop supplying them.”

    America’s “Terrorist Academy” in Iraq Produced ISIS Leaders

    By Mike Whitney

    “Since 2003, Anglo-American power has secretly and openly coordinated direct and indirect support for Islamist terrorist groups linked to al-Qaeda across the Middle East and North Africa. This ill-conceived patchwork geostrategy is a legacy of the persistent influence of neoconservative ideology, motivated by longstanding but often contradictory ambitions to dominate regional oil resources, defend an expansionist Israel, and in pursuit of these, re-draw the map of the Middle East.” Nafeez Ahmed, “How the West Created the Islamic State“, CounterPunch

    “The US created these terrorist organizations. America does not have the moral authority to lead a coalition against terrorism.” Hassan Nasralla, Secretary General of Hezbollah

    October 06, 2014 “ICH” – “Counterpunch” – The Obama administration’s determination to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is pushing the Middle East towards a regional war that could lead to a confrontation between the two nuclear-armed rivals, Russia and the United States.

    Last week, Turkey joined the US-led coalition following a vote in parliament approving a measure to give the government the authority to launch military action against Isis in Syria. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made it clear that Turkish involvement would come at a price, and that price would be the removal of al Assad.

    After The Bombing, What Then?

    Cameron knows very well that our four – or is it two? – clapped-out Tornadoes are not going to make the slightest difference to any assault on jihadi forces

    By Robert Fisk

    October 06, 2014 “ICH” – “The Independent” – Is there a “Plan B” in Barack Obama’s brain? Or in David Cameron’s, for that matter? I mean, we’re vaguely told that air strikes against the ferocious “Islamic State” may go on for “a long time”. But how long is “long”? Are we just going to go on killing Arabs and bombing and bombing and bombing until, well, until we go on bombing? What happens if our Kurdish and non-existent “moderate” Syrian fighters – described by Vice-President Joe Biden last week as largely “shopkeepers” – don’t overthrow the monstrous “Islamic State”? Then I suppose we are going to bomb and bomb and bomb again. As a Lebanese colleague of mine asked in an article last week, what is Obama going to do next? Has he thought of that?

  • Boudine:

    Het Syrische leger is nu bezig om Aleppo te bevrijden van de al dan niet gematigde rebellen van ISIS:

    Syria – The New South Aleppo Campaign

    By Moon Of Alabama

    October 18, 2015 “Information Clearing House” – Yesterday the Syrian Arab Army supported by Iraqi and Iranian forces and the Russian air force launched a surprise attack to the south and east of Aleppo. Progress at the beginning was rapid but resistance has by now grown and the current progress is at a slower and more sustainable pace. As the front lines are constantly moving the the news about actual positions vary.

    An excellent map of the ongoing operation via TexMapMaker1. (Again with green=insurgents, red=Syrian government and allied forces)

  • Boudine:

    Life in ruins: Syrians survive in Aleppo amid city destruction

    Gepubliceerd op 23 nov. 2015

    Terrorists have been losing ground after government forces fought back both Islamic State and al-Nusra extremists in the Aleppo region.
    However, the war continues to take a toll on civilians as many homes have been destroyed by the conflict.

  • mr.drs.Bou:

    Horrors of war: Aleppo before and after Syrian conflict

    Gepubliceerd op 11 feb. 2016

    The Munich talks are to start amid intense battles to retake the Syrian city of Aleppo. Murad Gazdiev went to the war zone near the city and told RT how the situation there has become desperate for locals.

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