May 19, 2013
Scene From a ‘Liberated’ Syria
Posted on Jul 25, 2012
Fighters in the Free Syrian Army are optimistic they will shake their nation loose from Bashar al-Assad’s rule. But what will their cities, towns and villages look like when their struggle is over? Some are looking to the West for help rebuilding their country.
In a scene playing out across the nation, Syrian troops withdrew from the previously occupied town of Atareb, home to 20,000 people less than 20 miles from Aleppo, the country’s largest city. The city was retaken by FSA troops during an attack launched from another city they had seized.
The spread of the FSA’s control and ongoing waves of government defections suggest Assad’s days are indeed numbered, but not without the crippling of Syrian communities.
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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