The Battle for Aleppo, and its Costs.
On the NYT. The military of President Bashar al-Assad has been steadily losing its grasp on Syria’s largest city. A battle, now in its sixth month, that distills much of Syria’s civil war in a microcosm: indiscriminate government attacks, civilians stuck in a deepening humanitarian crisis, abuses by both sides, a contest moving to the bleak and ruinous rules of attrition, and the arrival and participation of foreign jihadists, who, while they still comprise a small fraction of rebel forces, present questions about Syria and its future.
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Abu Abdullah, an anti-government sniper who claimed to be from France. Aleppo, on a recent day. By Abdulkader al-Dhon.