ISIS has purportedly released a teaser trailer for an upcoming propaganda movie from Aleppo, aka “Wilayat Halab.” Aleppo was recently retaken by the Syrian government with the help of Russia.
Halab is an ancient name for Aleppo that “has survived as the current Arabic name of the city. It is of obscure origin. Some have proposed that halab means “iron” or “copper” in Amorite languages since the area served as a major source of these metals in antiquity.”
According to The Guardian, “Aleppo was Syria’s most populous city when the civil war arrived in July 2012, but the conflict has taken a huge toll, with Russian airstrikes since September 2015 causing intense devastation.”
The Syrian government recently retook the eastern portion of the city that had been held by rebels. According to the BBC, “The Syrian government is waiting for the Aleppo evacuations to be completed before troops move into the rebel enclave and take full control of the city.”
However, ISIS is still fighting the Assad forces in the city. Al-Masdar News reports that yesterday three Turkish Army soldiers were killed and another ten others were wounded in a surprise attack claimed by the Islamic State.
ISIS controls the Syrian city of Al Bab, which it uses as a command point for raids on eastern Aleppo, a mere 15-minute drive away. Turkey is currently trying to take Al Bab, with Reuters reporting that “Turkish air strikes on Wednesday destroyed 67 Islamic State targets” in the city.
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