This marks the first time ISIS has publicly agreed to a forced evacuation from territory it held in Syria.
Islamic State agreed to surrender its enclave and depart for eastern Syria on Sunday after a week-long offensive by the Lebanese army on one front and the Syrian army and Lebanon’s Shi’ite Hezbollah group on the other front.
There are detailed plans for the old city’s great medieval mosques, souks, bath houses and citadel from an earlier restoration that should allow exact reconstruction.
Founded in 1911, the Baron Hotel played host to adventurers, writers, kings, aviators, Bedouin chiefs and presidents until the war forced it to close down.
The Syrian government allows Kurdish rule in the Sheikh Maqsoud district of Aleppo, population 40,000, but the relationship is a complicated and potentially problematic one.
In eastern Aleppo, bodies still lie under the rubble, graveyards are full and children take classes in mosques because their schools have been ruined by war.
Aleppo is one of the Middle East’s great historic centres, its ancient citadel and mosques, damaged during the ongoing war are a source of Syrian pride.
Hundreds of people have been killed since November 15 in a concerted push by the government and its allies to quash resistance in the rebel-held part of Aleppo to re-establish control over Syria’s biggest pre-war city.
Health and rescue workers have previously been able to bring damaged hospitals back into operation but a lack of supplies is making that harder.
The Army and Armed Forces High Command said rebels had targeted schools and civilians, fired 20 poison gas canisters, 50 Grad rockets and ignited 48 fires.
Security analysts say the coordination displayed by the recent attacks, despite their technical hitches, present a formidable threat and are a sign of ISIS’s operational model in Saudi Arabia.
Riyadh (Reuters): Suicide bombers struck three cities across Saudi Arabia on Monday, in an apparently coordinated campaign of attacks as Saudis prepared to break their fast on the penultimate day of the holy month of Ramzan. The explosions targeting US diplomats, Shi’ite worshippers and a security headquarters at a […]
The Sunni power has used Muslim networks to push states into cutting off contacts with Iran, including by creating an Islamic Coalition against terrorism without inviting Tehran to join. The two nations are also wooing India, and South American and African countries.
Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s “Vision 2030” plan, which the 31-year-old announced on April 25, largely aims to transform Saudi Arabia’s economy in an era of low oil prices and made few specific pledges of social change.