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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Aug 2017 10:06 p.m. PST

… northwestern Syria

"Life in northwestern Syria's war-torn and impoverished Idlib Province is already bad. And with the jihadi group Tahrir al-Sham now firmly holding dominion, it's about to get a whole lot worse for the two million people in the country's largest rebel-held region.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces have so far proved incapable of reclaiming Idlib and the surrounding opposition-dominated areas, and in the meantime Tahrir al-Sham has purged its main Islamist rival. In response, the opposition's traditional foreign patrons are taking a step back, cutting military support and reevaluating even the civilian aid they've been sending into the province for the past six years.

International politics aside, the world now needs to find an answer to the question of how northwestern Syria's civilians can be kept afloat if Western and Arab donors write Idlib off as an extremist haven, as they are likely to do—especially if Tahrir al-Sham tries to control aid flows. No less important is the question of what will become of these civilians, many of whom have been displaced from other parts of Syria or fled al-Assad's notorious secret police, if the Syrian army one day manages to retake the area…"
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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP10 Aug 2017 11:24 p.m. PST

"International politics aside, the world now needs to find an answer to the question of how northwestern Syria's civilians can be kept afloat if Western and Arab donors write Idlib off as an extremist haven"

Duh. Change the ways of your town or be left out. Or simply move. Why do these researchers and journalists have to make these age old choices sound as if they've never been faced before?

The locals in that crossroads of humanity have dealt with these big choices for millennia, so they know the drill full well. And they've made these choices for a hundred generations, with or without outside help.

Now if we in the West were to suddenly face these exact same choices ourselves, however, we wouldn't fare so well. We aren't as resilient as we were a century or so ago. Not anymore. We would die off without outside help.

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Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP11 Aug 2017 2:36 p.m. PST

Let's see… 2 Million civilians vs 3 to 5 thousand terrorists? Even if it was 30 to 50 thousand terrorists it looks like it is time for those folks to take care of their own business themselves.

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