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Syrian rebels’ defeat in battle for Aleppo a ‘disaster’ for Turkey, Qatar

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NICOSIA — Sunni rebels have sustained a strategic defeat in their
attempt to capture Syria’s largest city.

Western diplomatic sources said Sunni rebels supported by Qatar and
Turkey demonstrated significant deficiencies in their failure to capture
Aleppo in October.

Members of the Free Syrian Army battle at the front line in the al-Mid area of Aleppo on Oct. 11. /Reuters

The sources said the rout of the Sunni rebels, many of them
foreign jihadists, marked a defeat for Ankara and Doha and could lead to a reassessment of the civil war in Syria.

“Turkey had been training and equipping the rebels for this battle, and it was a disaster,” a diplomat said.

The sources said some 1,000 rebels, equipped with pickup trucks,
anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles, advanced toward central Aleppo from several directions on Oct. 25. But within 24 hours, the rebels met fierce resistance, largely from militias organized by the regime of President Bashar Assad in the summer of 2012.

“The Syrian Army did not play a major role in the fighting,” a source
who monitored the battle said. “Instead, the defeat stemmed from Kurdish,
Christians and even Sunnis, who hate the jihadists even more than Assad.”

The sources said that within 48 hours the rebels fled six neighborhoods near central Aleppo. They said hundreds of jihadists were killed or captured, particularly by militias aligned with the Kurdish Workers Party.

“The PKK and the Kurdish government in northern Iraq sent fighters to
stop the Turkish-sponsored jihadists in both Aleppo and other parts of
northern Syria,” the source said. “This was a proxy war between Ankara and
Kurdistan.”

The sources said Qatar and Turkey had intended to either drive out the
Assad regime from Aleppo or spark a humanitarian crisis that would force the
United States to intervene. Instead, the rebel defeat could prompt a
reassessment by Ankara and Doha of their involvement in the Sunni revolt,
which began in April 2011.

“Turkey has some hard decisions to make over the next few weeks,
particularly whether to keep 250,000 soldiers along the Syrian border
throughout the winter,” another diplomat said. “These troops are suffering
from declining morale as they sit around in the cold and rain waiting for
something to happen.”

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1 Comment for “Syrian rebels’ defeat in battle for Aleppo a ‘disaster’ for Turkey, Qatar”

  1. I would love to see the United States do all it should to provide military support for all our allies: beginning with Israel.

    The problem with what I would love to see is that this Country is being run by a Muslim – Islamic – Jihadi friendly – hypocrite thar goes by the name of Barack “Hussein” Obama.

    Elected on the mendacity that he was a Christian: Muslim – Islamic – Jihadi – militants have been getting more love than U.S. servicemen when it comes to providing the support and means for a victory over those who murder and kill civilians – primarily of Judaism and Christian faiths – in order to form a one world religion.

    To all those who are suffering from morale, as well as the elements: I PRAY THE LOVE OF GOD – THE KING ELOHIM – IN CHRIST JESUS BY THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT BE MANIFESTED WITHIN your hearts; AS I PRAY you WILL BE PART OF THE DEPARTURE WHEN CHRIST JESUS COMES TO RAPTURE THE CHURCH.

    2 Peter 3:9

    King James Version (KJV)

    The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

    Matthew 9:38

    King James Version (KJV)

    Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

    “””MARANATHA’!!!’!!!’!!!’!!!”!!!

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