Civilians are fleeing Aleppo. Men under the age of 50 are taken away by Assad’s forces and never seen again. The UN says that the Ba’athists are entering houses and shooting dead civilians. None of this is hard to believe. Dr Assad has previous. His forces have been doing this since 2011 and have done it on an enormous scale and countless times over.
This makes people in Aleppo even more likely to fight to the death. It is also against international law.
Young men in Aleppo were surely likely to be conscripted into Daesh. If these men flee they are suspected of having belonged to Daesh. Many did – either willingly or under duress. Some people supported that horrific organisation because it was the only thing standing between them and Assad’s thugs.
Putin has absolutely no scruples about what his crony Assad does. He gives Dr Al Assad carte blanche. No matter how absolutely incontrovertible the evidence of these atrocities is the policy is deny, deny, deny. Putin has no concept of truth. The most barefaced lies are unblushingly told if they advance his cause. He is the same as Trump./
None of this is to dispute of de-emphasise the many massacres carried out by Daesh.