Fighters of Salaheddine

Throughout midd-June until late July 2012, I have been strolling through Salaheddine, an intensely contested neighborhood in Aleppo that was one of the heaviest hit.

Many unarmed men, women and children died, among them armed insurgents as well as armed forces loyal to President Bashar Al-Assad. Almost entire city’s houses were reduced to rubble.

In late July and early August 2012, the FSA continued its offensive in Aleppo, with both sides suffering high casualties. Rebel commanders said their main aim was to capture the city center. Rebels seized a strategic checkpoint in the town of Anadan north of Aleppo, gaining a direct route between the city and the Turkish border, an important rebel supply base. They also captured Al-Bab, northeast of the city with an army base. Later, rebels attacked the Minagh air base, 30 km northwest of Aleppo, with arms and tanks captured at the Anadan checkpoint.

June – July 2012





  • Minagh air base attack
  • 30 km northwest of Aleppo, SYRIA
  • June 29 – 2012

From 3 to 5 August 2012, the rebel offensive began to stall. The Syrian Army finished deploying 20,000 reinforcements. Rebels retreated after failed attempts to capture Minagh airbase and the state TV station in Izaa district, a few blocks northeast of Salahaddine.

Later that august, I had to leave the country to return in October for further reporting…