"And I have found both freedom and safety in my madness, the freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us. But let me not be too proud of my safety. Even a Thief in a jail is safe from another thief. "

Khalil Gibran (How I Became a Madman)



Thursday, August 11, 2016

The Battle for Aleppo: Syria Analyst on the Fight for the Middle East- Sputnik News

The Syrian government claims to have closed a gap briefly opened by militants on the eastern side of the besieged city of Aleppo. Radio Sputnik’s Brian Becker spoke with Syrian analyst Kevork Almassian, who grew up in Aleppo, to the discuss the current situation.

According to Almassian, the current fight for Aleppo is not only part of the fight against Daesh, but is also a continuation of a years-long struggle by regional powers seeking to impose their influence over a strategically important city. Almassian pointed out that Aleppo has been a "gate" to the Ottoman Empire, to which Turkey is today's inheritor, to impose its influence over the Middle East.