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8 things you should know about Aleppo, including what it is
Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson had some trouble recognizing the name of a major Syrian city on Thursday. “What is Aleppo?” he asked in an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” (In his defense, he claimed that he thought it was an acronym.) We’re here to help.  1. What is Aleppo? ...
1256 points by Los Angeles Times | Syria Turkey Mesopotamia Jordan History of Syria Kibbeh Iraq Damascus
It was 'one of the most beautiful cities in the world.' That Aleppo is gone, but its residents remember
Aleppo al Shabaa, Aleppo the White. That was the nickname its people bestowed upon it, a nod to the brightness of the marble used in the buildings of this once proud metropolis. For at least 5,000 years, it has been a jewel in the crown of empires, a place that drew poets and polymaths, industrialists...
3230 points by Los Angeles Times | Syria Bashar al-Assad Damascus Aleppo Kibbeh History of Syria Lebanon Latakia