The Battle For Aleppo, Explained.
Miss Louisa Loveluck’s article for the Washington Post on the wanton destruction and desperate occupation of Aleppo leaves us a decimated future for this once ancient proud metropolis of over 2 million inhabitants. For centuries, Aleppo was Syria’s largest city, and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world since the 6th millennium B.C. The city’s significance in history has been its location at one end of the Silk Road, which passed through central Asia and Mesopotamia. Its medieval architecture and traditional heritage won it the title of the Islamic Capital of Culture in 2006. Now, the physical and psychological scarring of its people from its sectarian war have crushed its spirit and produced a deadly pall over it that may take decades to recover.
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