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Welcome, Chuck
Uri Avnery on why Hagel's nomination is so important
'Forsaken by the West'
Larry Diamond on Obama's Betrayal of Bahrain
Drones Are Fool's Gold
They prolong wars we can't win, says Simon Jenkins
 Obama, Karzai Ambiguous on Troop Levels
Decade hasn't managed to correct Afghanistan's problems
Syria's Rebels Form Secret Police Force
Group styled after regime's feared 'Mukhabarat'
French, EU Troops Invade Mali for Offensive
Hollande: French troops to stay as 'long as necessary'
 Annexing the West Bank
Philip Weiss on Israel's cruel stupidity
The Case of Lynn Stewart
Jacob Hornberger on the criminalization of speech
Will Brennan Increase Syria's Torture?
Pepe Escobar on America's al Qaeda fighters
Aleppo Airport Closed as Rebel Attacks Continue
Military Vows to 'Clear' Area Around Airport So It Can Reopen
by Jason Ditz, January 01, 2013
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As fighting continued in Syria’s largest city of Aleppo, officials closed the international airport, citing the threat of rebel attacks against it and repeated promises by militants to target civilian aircraft flying out of the airport.
Syrian rebels attacked Syrian Airways flight RB201 to Cairo in mid-December, and had promised to attack all flights coming out of Aleppo and Damascus. The area around Aleppo is much more contested than Damascus, however, and it appears rebels just couldn’t be kept far enough away from the Aleppo airport to keep it running.
Exactly how big the impact of the closure will be is unclear, as fighting has brought Aleppo’s industry to a halt for months, and the airport was not in nearly as broad of use as it had been.
Whether the closure is permanent or not also isn’t clear, because while airport officials certainly gave that impression, the Syrian military insisted it would soon “clear” the area around the airport from rebels, potentially allowing it to reopen.
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Highlights
Welcome, Chuck
Uri Avnery on why Hagel's nomination is so important
'Forsaken by the West'
Larry Diamond on Obama's Betrayal of Bahrain
Drones Are Fool's Gold
They prolong wars we can't win, says Simon Jenkins
Breaking News
Obama, Karzai Ambiguous on Troop Levels
Decade hasn't managed to correct Afghanistan's problems
Syria's Rebels Form Secret Police Force
Group styled after regime's feared 'Mukhabarat'
French, EU Troops Invade Mali for Offensive
Hollande: French troops to stay as 'long as necessary'