Aleppo Back Under Government Control

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On Thursday, the Assad government began to take the city of Aleppo back from the hands of the rebels and Islamic terrorists. Many people celebrated the army’s victory, and were relieved to be “set free” from the rebel-held areas. Assad released a statement congratulating the Syrian people on their liberty.

More than 9,000 people were evacuated before operations were suspended on Friday when Russia claimed that all civilians wishing to leave had already gotten out. The implication was that only “irreconcilable” rebel fighters remained. Later in the day, a convoy of hundreds of evacuees was turned back because of hard-liners on both sides.

That night, people slept on the streets, surrounded by bombed-out buildings and rubble, in sub-freezing temperatures.

On Sunday, buses that were supposed to carry more people out of Aleppo and several other towns were set on fire. Evacuations finally resumed later in the day. The sites they are evacuated to, such as the city of Idlib, may also turn into war zones as Assad attempts to retake more territory.

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The Backstory: On Aug. 18, 2011, just five months into the “Arab Spring,” President Obama said, “For the sake of the Syrian people the time has come for President Assad to step aside.” Assad, however, did not go. Then in 2012, Obama said that he was putting the Syrian dictator on notice that the U.S. would intervene if Assad didn’t step aside. Assad didn’t step aside.

Two years later, Obama asked Congress for the money to begin funding and training rebels to overthrow Assad’s government. In an effort to retain power and reclaim his country, Assad enlisted the aid of Hezbollah, Iran, and Russia. Their bombing campaigns have pushed back the rebels and they have succeeded in reclaiming the city–for now.

Why this Matters: For Russia’s assistance, Assad has allowed them a naval base in the Mediterranean Sea. The war has created a strong alliance between Assad, Putin and Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. Sadly, it has also has caused the death of hundreds of thousands of innocent Syrians and the ruin of an entire country.

How to Pray: Pray for the Christians and hundreds of thousands of others in Syria who are starving, injured, orphaned and dying. Pray for God’s mercy and that what Satan has meant for evil, God will work for good.

Romans 8:28 – And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

 

 

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