The coalition fighting ISIS must now save Syria's second city Aleppo as moderate rebels face destruction by attacks from forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and jihadi militants, France's foreign minister Laurent Fabius has said.
In an op-ed in al-Hayat, Le Figaro, and The Washington Post, Fabius described Aleppo as the “martyred center of the resistance to Syrian dictator Bashar Assad.”
“The city is almost entirely encircled, connected to the outside world by a single road to Turkey. The regime is seeking to destroy the resistance through cold and hunger,” he wrote.
Fabius said that Assad would rather “deliver Aleppo to terrorist atrocities, even if that means allowing Daesh to flourish on Aleppo’s eastern edge. Aleppo’s residents will then pay for Daesh’s setback in Kobani.”
He added that “Assad and Daesh are two sides of the same barbaric coin. Assad largely created this monster by deliberately setting free the jihadists who fueled this terrorist movement. This was part of his underhanded effort to appear, in the eyes of the world, as the sole bulwark against terrorism in Syria. But the facts contradict this charade. How many times has the regime — so ready to attack its own people — bombed Daesh? Did it ever try and save Kobani from disaster, even while the People’s Democratic Party, or PYD, fought at its side elsewhere? No, it chose to do nothing.”
To read the full op-ed, click here.