By Laila Bassam, Angus McDowall and Stephanie Nebehay
Rebel resistance in the Syrian city of Aleppo ended on Tuesday after years of fighting and months of bitter siege and bombardment that culminated in a bloody retreat, as insurgents agreed to withdraw in a ceasefire.
The battle of Aleppo, one of the worst of a civil war that has drawn in global and regional powers, has ended with victory for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his military coalition of Russia, Iran and regional Shi’ite militias….
However, the war will still be far from over, with insurgents retaining major strongholds elsewhere in Syria, and the jihadist Islamic State group holding swathes of the east and recapturing the ancient city of Palmyra this week. …. Read our full report here
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In 2013 F&O partner Jonathan Manthorpe called Syria our modern Gordian knot. Here are F&O’s works that explain and put Syria’s agony in context:
Aleppo will fall, but Syrian war will go on — Analysis, by By Samia Nakhoul October, 2016
Syria’s mobile amputee clinic, photo-essay, By Khalil Ashawi April, 2016
Heartbreak in starving Syrian town, By Lisa Barrington and Stephanie Nebehay January 12, 2015
Our selective grief: Paris, Beirut, Ankara, and Syria, by Tom Regan November, 2015 Column
Syria: new weaponry test bed By David Stupples, City University London October, 2015
Ethnic groups flee as Syrian Kurds advance against Islamic State, By Humeyra Pamuk July, 2015
Al-Qaida Jihadists Suspicious of Iraq-Syria Caliphate, by Jonathan Manthorpe July 16, 2014 Column
Putin supports Syria for fear of revolution spreading to Russia’s Muslims, by Jonathan Manthorpe : September 6, 2013 Column
Cutting Syria’s Gordian knot no simple feat, by Jonathan Manthorpe August 28, 2013 Column
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