Military Review

Destruction in Aleppo. Syrian Civil War

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War and chaos came to the ancient streets of Aleppo, the second largest city of Syria. Rebel groups fighting the Syrian government entered the city a few weeks ago to take control. Street battles and air strikes followed, leaving behind a destroyed city covered in rubbish and corpses in many places. According to some estimates, about 30 thousands of Syrians have already died in a year and a half of civil war, and about 700 thousands will become refugees by the end of 2012, according to UN statements.


Russian expert on the Middle East, Yuri Shcheglovin, believes that the next widely announced opposition attack on Aleppo has failed. Note that the militants stormed the economic capital of Syria with the stubbornness of the doomed.

As one of the field commanders of the Syrian Free Army (FSA) stated this week: “we must either take Aleppo or suffer heavy losses”. We will risk correcting the commander, since the insurgents will suffer heavy losses anyway. The question here is: either they will take Aleppo, or the Syrian opposition will have very difficult times, which will be accompanied by splits, mutual accusations, etc. All these negative points are already taking place. Moreover, according to a number of experts, among the field commanders there is a growing distrust of each other. As one commander put it, “many want to gain an advantage at the expense of others”. If this statement is deciphered, then we can safely conclude that the rebel detachments still lack a single command vertical, and all decisions on joint operations are made collectively with the most severe disputes. The previously widely announced transfer of the SSA headquarters from Turkey to “one of the liberated territories” did not bring any practical result.

Under these conditions, it is not possible in principle to talk about any really real large-scale offensive operations. What we are seeing in Aleppo now illustrates the superiority of the propaganda aspect over all others, and above all to the military. The attack on the city, from which the rebels were for the most part knocked out two weeks ago, indicates a weak tactical training of the command of the militants.

They simply did not have time to regroup in such a short time and replenish their ranks. This is evidenced by the geography of hostilities, when the bulk of the clashes after the fall of the rebellious quarters of Aleppo moved mainly to the regions bordering Jordan. The attacks at the checkpoint on the Turkish border, which was announced loudly, were mainly due to an attempt to make a corridor for the evacuation of the wounded and the exit of militant units.

Attacking Aleppo in conditions when the army entrenched in it after a month-long siege, pulled reinforcements to it, and even widely announce it in advance - there is a gross violation of military tactics, for which, in fact, the attackers now pay. The SSA is urgently needed now at least some kind of victory. And the suicide attacks on army strongholds in the city are aimed primarily at proving to the sponsors their worth as forces. Especially against the background of the fact that in the West they began to openly talk about the infusion of the SSA into the new military structure of the opposition with a completely different command.

Hence the absolutely primitive attempts to re-find the “Russian trace” in stories with a downed Turkish reconnaissance aircraft. We will not comment on another example of Arab propaganda in its worst performance. It seems that this kind of misinformation masterpieces, like the story of the "killed" Russian general, very clearly show us the logic level of the representatives of the leadership of the opposition, which is more reminiscent of rumors in the Eastern market. It is clear that it is extremely important for the Arabian monarchies to drive a wedge between Moscow and Ankara, but any task requires talented execution. And this is just no one puzzled. The fact that "slipped" in the Libyan campaign in Syria does not work.

Changed the general mood for events in Syria. Suffice it to recall the comment of the new UN Special Representative and the Arab League on Syria Lakhdar Brahimi, who openly declared that “the events in Syria are the result of an international conspiracy”. Hence, in contrast to the misinformation about the "Russian advisers" who are not just in Syria, but also direct the alleged actions of President Bashar al-Assad. This is surprisingly different. What the European seems completely illogical is that an Arab (often regardless of his level of education) perceives as the ultimate truth. If we take it even wider, then the Arab population firmly believes in any nonsense, if only it responds to its internal attitude to this or that problem.

Anyway, the development of the situation in Syria in the medium term will not undergo major changes. Local battles in the Sunni neighborhoods and settlements will continue permanently, since the Sunni population has not gone anywhere, which means resistance will fester all the time. New in the tactics of militants, and from their Islamist segment, is an attempt to destabilize the situation in the predominantly Kurdish city of Kamyshly. Or, in other words, they are trying to open a “second front” using Christian resistance groups and vacillating youth Kurds. It is doubtful that this will lead to the Aleppo scenario. But the main task of the opposition now and in the near future is the liberation of at least one large Syrian city with an attempt to create a temporary government there.



1. The Syrian is crying, holding his son in his arms near the hospital in Aleppo, October 3. Three suicides blew up cars filled with explosives in government-controlled quarters, killing an 34 man and wounding more than 120, also destroying the surrounding buildings and filling the wounded with fragments. (AP Photo / Manu Brabo)



2. Smoke comes from a burning textile factory in the Arkub quarter of Aleppo, after its rebels captured its September 30. (Miguel Medina / AFP / Getty Images)



3. Syrian fighter drops bombs, 1 September. (Reuters / Youssef Boudlal)



4. Syrian security officers gather in front of the destroyed building after a triple blast on Saadallah al-Jabri Street, October 3. (AP Photo / SANA)



5. SSA fighters talk to government forces, hiding behind blinds in the Seif al-Davlah area of ​​Aleppo, September 11. Snipers took positions on the rooftops and in strategic locations to prevent government troops from entering the area. (Zac Baillie / AFP / Getty Images)



6. Wounded near a hospital in Sheikh Fares, Aleppo, 18 September. (Marco Longari / AFP / Getty Images)



7. A Syrian walks along the partially destroyed quarter of Salaheddin in Aleppo, which is controlled by the Syrian army, on September 3. Syrian infantry supported by artillery and aviation attacked the rebels on September 5 on many fronts. (Joseph Eid / AFP / Getty Images)



8. SSA soldier posing in the quarter of Isaa, September 9. (AP Photo / Manu Brabo)



9. Syrian government soldiers near a ditch with rebel corpses on the road to the airport in Aleppo, October 2. (AFP / Getty Images)



10. A soldier of government troops near the entrance to the historic fortress of Aleppo, September 4. The fortress is considered one of the oldest and largest in the world, its age is over 4000 years. (Joseph Eid / AFP / Getty Images)



11. The SSA fighter is fighting hard in the quarter of Isaa, September 9. (Zac Baillie / AFP / Getty Images)



12. Smoke rises over the Safe Al Dawlah quarter, October 2. An assistant to the UN secretary-general told the Syrian foreign minister that he was demanding the cessation of the use of heavy weapons against civilians, the death toll among which, according to his information, is from 100 to 200 every day. (AP Photo / Manu Brabo)



13. The wounded woman, still in shock, leaves the Dar El Shif hospital in Aleppo, 20 September. After two months of fighting in the city, civilians still continue to suffer from street fighting. (AP Photo / Manu Brabo, File)



14. The body of a seven-year-old boy killed by a militant sniper lies in Dar El Shif Hospital, September 20. That day four children were killed. (AP Photo / Manu Brabo)



15. Fighter SSA rests in the hole of the building after the attack of government forces, September 25. (AP Photo / Manu Brabo)



16. Syrians cross the street, many of the apartments in which were abandoned due to the hostilities, 11 September. (AP Photo / Muhammed Muheisen)



17. Syrian kids play outside in Bustan Al Qzar, 12 September .. (AP Photo / Manu Brabo)



18. A Syrian woman is waiting to leave her home during clashes between rebels and government forces, September 24. (AP Photo / Manu Brabo)



19. A Syrian with packets of food is trying to evade possible sniper fire near the checkpoint held by the SSA, 14 September. (Marco Longari / AFP / Getty Images)



20. Destroyed buildings in al-Arqub quarter, 23 September. (AFP / Getty Images)



21. SSA (right) uses a mirror to see government soldiers around the corner, September 24. According to some analysts, the majority of the SSA militants are simple Syrians or defectors from government troops, but more and more information comes in about foreign mercenaries and Islamist extremists that appear en masse on the front line. (AP Photo / Hussein Malla)



22. Damaged roof in Bab Antakia quarter in Old Aleppo, October 2. The old city in Aleppo is one of several places in Syria that are declared by UNESCO (the cultural division of the United Nations) sites of the cultural heritage of mankind. And now it is under the threat of destruction due to the fights. (Reuters / Zain Karam)



23. SSA shooter shoots toward government troops, September 10. As reported in one of the reports of UN observers, militants actively use minors to conduct military operations (at the same time accusing government forces of this) / (AP Photo / Manu Brabo)



24. Aleppo streets after a triple blast in the Saadallah al-Jabri quarter, October 3. (AP Photo / SANA)



25. SSA fighters are repairing a grenade launcher in Isaa quarter, September 27. (Miguel Medina / AFP / Getty Images)



26. SSA fighters carry their wounded colleague, hit by a government sniper, 8 September. (AP Photo / Manu Brabo)



27. The wounded rebel is waiting for him to be tied up, and in a hospital in the Sheikh Farez district, on September 18. (Marco Longari / AFP / Getty Images)



28. The SSA sniper is looking for a target in the quarter of Isaa, 23 September. (AP Photo / Manu Brabo)



29. The photographer shoots through a hole in the wall of the building, showing the decaying rebel corpse, 24 September. (Miguel Medina / AFP / Getty Images)



30. Destruction due to bombing, 23 September. The rebels claim that they now control most of the country, and have already moved their command center from Turkey to the “liberated zone” inside Syria. (Miguel Medina / AFP / Getty Images)



31. The SSA shooter shoots during clashes with the regular army, September 27. (Reuters / Zain Karam)



32. Fighter SSA hiding near the toilet during a fight with government forces, 2 October. (AP Photo / Manu Brabo)



33. Damaged buildings in Salaheddin, Aleppo, 3 September. (Joseph Eid / AFP / Getty Images)



34. Doctors are Fatima Kvassim, 6 years, whose legs were badly damaged when the car of their family fired, in intensive care. 11 September. (AP Photo / Muhammed Muheisen)



35. SSA soldier throws incendiary grenade in the direction of government troops, October 3. (AP Photo / Manu Brabo)



36. Damaged buildings in the quarter Salaheddin, Aleppo, October 3. (Miguel Medina / AFP / Getty Images)
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  1. Sakhalininsk
    Sakhalininsk 9 October 2012 08: 11 New
    +8
    One can only wish strength, endurance and real courage to the Syrian people, who are almost alone fighting the jackals of the entire Middle East, who are generously paid by the barking rat (Qatar) and the stronghold of Arab democracy (Saudi Arabia) under the careful supervision of Gila Clitors and her chain European mongrels.
    1. Joker
      Joker 9 October 2012 13: 13 New
      +3
      Here’s another video, what’s going on there is horror, forgive me of course, but the Germans didn’t do such deeds for the Second World War, what the United States and its gangs are doing now, the Germans fought honestly in the Second World War, they didn’t touch our people and respected, burned scum-scum fanatical. Nazi symbols are now banned; the US flag must also be banned as a symbol of violence, double standards, and betrayal.
      1. Joker
        Joker 9 October 2012 13: 14 New
        +1
        So angry that I forgot to attach the video, here it is

      2. Aaron Zawi
        Aaron Zawi 9 October 2012 18: 22 New
        +1
        Joker
        And if I prove to you that the Wehrmacht’s troops were no less brutal than the SS, then take your words back?
      3. Ares1
        Ares1 9 October 2012 19: 08 New
        0
        The fact that the flag to ban ovsky - I support. But about the Germans-you have enough ... Honestly fought? Our people did not touch? Respected? Read about the crimes of the Wehrmacht in the occupied territories and the hair can move ... They burned and took hostages, and shot civilians for edification by others, and hung ... And the population was treated, at best, as untermans (Slavs-subhuman ) - condescending, as to the smaller brothers. Could regret and give candy to the child. But a kitten or puppy also evokes certain sympathies ... It was not in vain that Jodl and his ilk were not SS men, but Wehrmacht fighting generals who were recognized as war criminals and executed ... And not only their Jews were tried. Jodl, we have distinguished ourselves to a greater extent ...
      4. Pimply
        Pimply 9 October 2012 19: 58 New
        +1
        Oleg, before you bring such nonsense, you have to think, sorry. I understand everything - hostility to amers, etc. But I recommend that you somehow get into the archives, or read the execution lists from cities captured by the Germans in the Second World War. Be ashamed
        1. Joker
          Joker 9 October 2012 22: 44 New
          0
          Zhen, lay them out, these lists, and then we will count how many people from across the USA died yes I may have made a mistake somewhere, but in the very essence I’m right, the Americans are no different from the Nazis now, only they fought to prove the superiority of their race, and these for the superiority of democracy yes
      5. Aaron Zawi
        Aaron Zawi 9 October 2012 23: 03 New
        0
        Joker
        http://gspo.ru/index.php?showtopic=9295. это по поднятой Вами теме, на одном серьезном форуме. Я сам читал с любопытством .
        1. Joker
          Joker 9 October 2012 23: 58 New
          +1
          Ok, convinced you were right, but I'm wrong hi
  2. Aaron Zawi
    Aaron Zawi 9 October 2012 08: 14 New
    +2
    Here is the interesting economic situation of Syria. They didn’t have much money with them, and now after the civil war, no matter how much they rolled down to the level of Somalia. And zero information, why people live.
  3. sergant89
    sergant89 9 October 2012 08: 36 New
    0
    Yeah, even if the Syrians stand it (I would really like to, but if other countries including Russia don’t help, then it’s unlikely) they will have to restore so much and the economy is certainly not what
  4. Vanek
    Vanek 9 October 2012 09: 19 New
    +7
    The first photo ................. In the ninth photo, this is the result after the first photo.

    Dog canine death!

    What kind of cattle you need to be, that, ......... yes, at least, just to look through the optics at a seven-year-old child. Just look at the child .........

    If he does not have children, well, that one, you understand who I am. So, I want him to have NO children at all.
  5. JonnyT
    JonnyT 9 October 2012 10: 42 New
    0
    Terrible faces of war !!! I hope that in the near future this senseless meat grinder will stop, and the enemies of the day and the instigators will answer before the court and get what they deserve !!!!
  6. Trailer
    Trailer 9 October 2012 10: 45 New
    +2
    Pleased with this photo! More to those from that side of the front!
  7. Ahmar
    Ahmar 9 October 2012 12: 09 New
    +3
    Doctors carry Fatima Quassim, 6, whose legs were badly damaged when their family's car was shelled, in intensive care. 11 September. (AP Photo / Muhammed Muheisen) - why not specify who exactly fired at civilians !? false cynical creatures these western reporters!
  8. Bandera
    Bandera 9 October 2012 13: 28 New
    +5
    Syria today
    1. Bandera
      Bandera 9 October 2012 13: 29 New
      +2
      Syria's answer
  9. Prometey
    Prometey 9 October 2012 14: 39 New
    0
    I don’t understand one thing, to hell in urban battles to use aviation, and even on their own territory? During our battles in Grozny, our army also had a saying - in war, your main enemy is your own aviation.
    1. Yuriy3005
      Yuriy3005 9 October 2012 16: 42 New
      +2
      Have you seen with your own eyes how the Syrian Air Force strikes residential areas? Have you seen? Is there a video? A photo? Or do you believe Western journalists and the so-called "Syrian" opposition?
      All the same, I think that aviation is used in the city only for reconnaissance, and attacks are carried out in open areas, in the mountains, in the desert, etc. Another thing is armored vehicles, and even how much has already been said that it is used to cover infantry and fire is targeted
      1. tekinoral
        tekinoral 9 October 2012 17: 09 New
        -1
        [media = http: //youtu.be/fn09U5KQO3E]
      2. tekinoral
        tekinoral 9 October 2012 17: 35 New
        -1
        http://youtu.be/1RyclikLCWo?t=1m6s
      3. Prometey
        Prometey 10 October 2012 07: 59 New
        +1
        Yuriy3005
        I haven’t seen I don’t believe anyone, neither the opposition, nor the journalists, nor the official authorities - they all are godlessly lying. There is a photo in this article (No. 3) and a comment on this article (it seems to be written about the battles in Aleppo or not). In a big city in residential neighborhoods, point firing will never work.
  10. Uncle
    Uncle 9 October 2012 15: 39 New
    +1
    How good the photos are !!! To shoot in battle conditions and in such artistic quality is high !!! Gromova, learn to write reports!
  11. pinachet
    pinachet 9 October 2012 15: 45 New
    0
    recalls our events in the Caucasus in the 90s, only in large volumes.
  12. Kamaz
    Kamaz 9 October 2012 18: 20 New
    0
    it would not be bad for that rebel to drown in the toilet!
    1. Anthrax
      Anthrax 9 October 2012 21: 29 New
      -2
      It serves him right !
      A scoundrel, wanted the hereditary dictator Assad to stop tyrannizing his people.
      Why a rebel?
      No weapons, civilian clothes
  13. Goldmitro
    Goldmitro 9 October 2012 21: 51 New
    0
    It is especially outraged that while bloody human tragedies with civilians like captured are taking place every minute on the streets of Syrian cities, the Arab monarchical shit (interpretation of the word democracy beloved in the West) slowly sorts through the beads and talks with his American and European godfathers while sipping whiskey (or whatever it is customary to drink from these freaks) and wonders what kind of grandmothers they will cut down when Syria falls and what kind of bloodletting people should still arrange to speed up this process!
  14. sprut
    sprut 9 October 2012 21: 55 New
    +2
    Assad, Russia hold on to you !!!
    1. Anthrax
      Anthrax 10 October 2012 09: 46 New
      -2
      Russia for Assad, but against Syria?
      The Syrian people trying to throw off the hereditary usurper, Russia does not care?
  15. kov
    kov 10 October 2012 14: 13 New
    0
    Quote: Joker
    So angry that I forgot to attach the video, here it is


    yes not only that

  16. Saniaxnumx
    Saniaxnumx 14 October 2012 09: 35 New
    0
    I hope this all ends at least during the next year. But without the intervention of the bourgeois.
  17. Dnepropetrovsk
    Dnepropetrovsk 16 October 2012 23: 06 New
    0
    When the Syrian army will shoot these dogs.
  18. Odessit16
    Odessit16 3 November 2012 15: 17 New
    -1
    As I understand it, Russia finally abandoned Syria. At least Admiral Kuznetsov's visits to Tartus TAVKR confirmed this. Like "if cho, we will take away our specialists on our flagship, and you rot here." There is no support, everyone has forgotten Syria and gnaws at it as best they can. Salam America! You got your way!