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The vanishing civilians of Aleppo

By Gwynne Dyer      

Have most of the ‘250,000 civilians trapped’ in the city’s east suddenly become invisible because they were never really there in the first place?

For months, what was obviously Syrian rebel propaganda has been shown by the world’s media as if it were the impartial truth, Gwynne Dyer argues. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

LONDON, U.K.—Did it cross your mind occasionally, in the past week, to wonder where all of the “250,000 civilians trapped in eastern Aleppo” have gone? As the area of the city under rebel control dwindled—news reports citing Syrian government and Russian sources this week stated the Syrian regime’s troops had recaptured upwards of 90 per cent of it—did you see massive columns of fleeing civilians, or mounds of civilian dead?

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