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Backed By Russia, Syrian Government Fights For Aleppo

Syrian government forces have retaken some sections of Aleppo with help from Russian air strikes. Last week’s siege cut off supply lines to rebels who have held much of the northern Syrian city since 2012. 

The UN estimates that about 300,000 civilians are trapped in Aleppo as food and medical supplies continue to dwindle amid the fighting. The Russian government has opened “humanitarian corridors” for civilians to escape the ongoing fighting, but many residents don’t trust that they’ll find safety on the other side. 

The alliance between the Syrian government and Russia has proven effective at countering extremism among Syrian rebels, but comes as many Western observers fear Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad is regaining power. 

To discuss the complicated political and humanitarian situation in Aleppo, we talk with Dr. Zaher Sahloul, a former president of the Syrian American Medical Society, who has worked on the humanitarian situation there.


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