Dec. 15, 2016
- The Syrian War Won’t End in Aleppo – Prof. Eyal Zisser
Syrian President Assad has turned Aleppo, an industrial and commercial hub with a population of nearly three million, into a terrible example of what could happen to any city that dared rebel against him. Bustling markets, schools and hospitals were annihilated, along with everyone inside. The job was finished on the ground by thousands of Iranian, Hizbullah, and volunteer Shiite fighters recruited by Iran from across the Middle East.
The taking of Aleppo does not necessarily indicate an impending end to the war. Assad’s army is exhausted, its ranks depleted. Between 100,000 and 150,000 rebels, forming hundreds of armed groups supported by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey, are still active across Syria. The writer, Vice Rector at Tel Aviv University, is former director of its Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies.(Israel Hayom)