Thursday, December 15, 2016

Aleppo rebel evacuation under way after ceasefire deal

via Reuters.
An operation to evacuate thousands of civilians and fighters from the last rebel bastion in Aleppo was under way on Thursday, part of a ceasefire deal that would end years of fighting for the city and mark a major victory for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The International Committee of the Red Cross said the evacuation of around 200 wounded people had started. Russia, a major ally of Assad, said 5,000 Syrian rebels and family members were being brought out of eastern Aleppo.
The convoy of 10 ambulances and at least 17 green buses with nearly 1,000 aboard drove from the Ramousah district next to the rebel-held area of Aleppo, which was besieged for months by Syrian government forces, a Reuters reporter on the scene said.
Syrian state television said those leaving were opposition fighters. Rebel officials have said that civilians who wish to leave will also be able to do so as part of the ceasefire and evacuation deal. Footage of the buses appeared to show that most of those inside were young men.
Women ululated in celebration as the buses passed through a government-held area, and some waved the Syrian flag.
Earlier, ambulances trying to evacuate people came under fire from fighters loyal to the Syrian government, who injured three people, a rescue service spokesman said.

"Thousands of people are in need of evacuation, but the first and most urgent thing is wounded, sick and children, including orphans," said Jan Egeland, the U.N. humanitarian adviser for Syria.

Well this seals the deal for me...oh and the title to this story is from Reuters...I didn't make it!

ISIS hasn't been the focus of our operations in Syria.  Its been a fight against the Assad regime and in turn its been a proxy war between the US and Russia.

All the stories from Aleppo about women and children being injured was just a smoke screen to cover for the people that leadership was actually concerned about...the rebels in their terms...head chopping terrorists in mine.


This is why they're going after Trump so hard.  This is why the long knives are out over his SecState pick.

They want conflict with Russia over a piss ant Middle East country that means jack shit to the majority of the American people.  I've wondered aloud how a force numbering less than 50k fighters could hold off the combined might of the NATO air arms and now its obvious.  They haven't been targeting them.

The conspiracy theorists might have stumbled onto a painful truth after all.

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