The battle of Aleppo is coming to a close as Saudi and Turkish backed rebels are collapsing under withering attacks from Russian coalition forces. Syria’s largest city is a modern day Stalingrad that has been reduced to rubble. Their only crime, geography.
As Syria’s only major city in the north, a mere 30 miles from the Turkish border, they are a crossroad in the Middle East. You only need to look at a map to see that most major roads in the north cross through this ancient city.
Why is this important? Supply lines. Those who control the crossroads, control the supply lines. If supply lines are cut, then enemy troops cannot easily supply or reinforce their troops located in different geographical areas.
The Russians and their coalition partners, Iran and the Syrian government, are about to cut the rebel lines. This will be a major lose to Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and the rebels hoping to dispose Syrian President, Bashar al Assad.
Does that mean the war is nearing an end? Sadly, no. The suffering of the Syrian people will continue. The rebels will be at a disadvantage, but they still control a large portion of the north and some areas in the south.
The Syrian government is also stretched thin. Only a few days ago they diverted forces from Aleppo to shore up their lines in Palmyra after the Islamic State launched an offensive to retake lost territory. If it wasn’t for Russian air strikes, the Islamic State would have been successful.
For now, the war will continue. The next time you pray, say a few for the people of Syria. Their country has been reduced to no more than medieval city-states.