Syria’s 16-month revolt has finally erupted in the country’s
commercial hub, but the momentum was not generated inside the
city – it was brought into the historic city’s ancient stone
alleyways from the scorched fields of the surrounding
“We liberated the rural parts of this province. We waited
and waited for Aleppo to rise, and it didn’t. We couldn’t rely
on them to do it for themselves so we had to bring the
revolution to them,” said a rebel commander in a nearby village,
who calls himself Abu Hashish.
The short scrawny man with a drooping grey moustache sits
juggling cell phones and a walkie-talkie, arranging for the next
convoy to head for Aleppo. Tanks of fuel and homemade grenades
for use in rocket launchers are piled up along the outside of
his house, ready to be dispatched.