#BreakingAleppo - Special Report
13 February, 2017



In partnership with Hromadske, the Atlantic Council presents a special broadcast of #BreakingAleppo tonight at 20:30 EET Kyiv Time.

"Aleppo has been described as the Srebrenica, and the Rwanda, of our time. After more than four years of stalemate, and months of siege and battle, December 2016 saw the last of the population of the besieged eastern half of the city evacuated on the now-infamous green buses. The evacuation was the result of a crescendo of brutality. Years of indiscriminate bombings killed thousands, and destroyed much of the east of the city.  They gave way to months of brutal siege, and finally, to weeks of bombardment and fighting. The final assault resembled the razing of a city and its last inhabitants.
Using innovative open source methodologies, digital forensic research, forensic architecture, and geolocation analysis the Atlantic Council brings you this ground-breaking report capturing the final months of the breaking of Aleppo. Drawing from a vast team of international partners, the report lays out the facts and fictions of the conflict, serving as a reminder that the atrocities of Aleppo should not be so easily forgotten. Please join us for the exclusive launch of BreakingAleppo with appearances from the report writers and key policy makers discussing the siege of Aleppo and the path forward." - says the official description of the project on Atlantic Council website.


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"After nearly five years of bitter fighting, bombardment, and siege, the Bashar al-Assad regime, Iran, and Russia finally broke Aleppo on December 22, 2016, defeating the opposition and displacing much of the local population. This represented a critical turning point in the Syrian civil war and shifted the balance of power between the United States, its Syrian and regional local allies, and its adversaries in Syria. The fall of Aleppo was the culmination of a humanitarian disaster, and a case study in the new challenges the United States and its allies face in diplomacy, security, and strategy. " - says the official description of the project on its website.


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How many people lived in east Aleppo during the siege, and who were they? Reported estimates range from as low as 30,000 to as high as 326,000. The presence of armed groups, in particular a small number of al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (JFS), was used as a smokescreen by the government and Russia to portray the city’s overwhelmingly civilian population as a military threat. " - a quote from the #BreakingAleppo report, check out the full version down below.

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"Syria’s cities have been one of Assad’s greatest challenges. It was in the cities that his opponents, often untrained and lightly armed, were best able to challenge the regime; but, allowing Syria’s largest cities to fall posed a grave strategic risk to his rule. Once the initial crackdown failed to break the opposition’s resistance, the regime turned to siege tactics." - a quote from the #BreakingAleppo report, check out the full version down below.

#BreakingAleppo Report.pdf