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Aleppo to the slaughter.

Summary: The Aleppo onslaught has resumed after the three-day truce, regarded as a response to global outrage over atrocities carried out by the Russians and the Syrian regime, ended in failure without any evacuations.

The Aleppo onslaught has resumed after the three-day truce, regarded as a response to global outrage over atrocities carried out by the Russians and the Syrian regime, ended in failure without any evacuations.

The U.N. human rights chief has described the city as a slaughterhouse, and the siege and bombardment as crimes of historic proportions. And U.N. Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura has made it clear that "between now and December if we cannot find a solution, Aleppo will not be there anymore."

The bustling 70-square-mile metropolis of over 2 million people, almost twice the size of Paris, was transformed into a devastated war zone where entire blocks of buildings have been reduced to rubble.

There is no sign that the Russians or Syrian regime will curtail their onslaught, confirming that nothing short of turning the city into a facsimile of World War II devastation and vanquishing its 270,000 people will slow their campaign because otherwise the city would remain a thorn in the regime's side.

And victory there, which will tip the balance of the war, is possible because Vladimir Putin, a black belt and chess master, has demonstrated a keen ability to utilize timing in the absence of any reactions from the U.S., with Barack Obama giving up on Syria even as his country focuses solely on the polls. And Putin's intent is to finish the job under circumstances that could not have been more conducive to his goals.

This carnage is occurring in full view of the world, which is treating it as an event on Mars, devoid of responsibility or humanity. Should the Russians and Syrians get away with this, they will have created a milestone that the world will have to tackle for generations to come.

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Publication:The Daily Star (Beirut, Lebanon)
Geographic Code:7SYRI
Date:Oct 24, 2016
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