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Syrian National Council relocates to Aleppo, a snapshot of the future
With the guns finally falling silent in the streets of Aleppo, following a voracious securing by the FSA and Turkish Army, the Syrian National Council has finally set itself up -- in Aleppo, rather than Damascus. Always a symbol of the revolution, Aleppo holds the most sympathizers and is thus considered the best location to build a government. It is currently headquartered in the Citadel of Aleppo, an ancient fortress-palace in use since the third millennium BCE. Though hurt by time and a small amount of shellfire, the
Former units of the Syrian Army, rather than the FSA, currently guard the citadel, prowling the walls and turning the ancient facility into a veritable bunker, with a pair of dug-in tanks and sandbag bunkers fortified directly outside, like the SNC was somehow threatened by more than just a few madmen. The presence of massive Turkish force buildups may be to blame, plus their motions at the Security Council and virtual leash-holding of the Free Syrian Army. Indeed, the defector troops may be more loyal to the Republic than the FSA, with all the time spent in Turkey.
A SNC spokesman did state that they were refused all contact with FSA leadership during their time in Turkey, which makes the professional opinion of Al-Jazeera to be that there is a schism forming between the Turkish-trained FSA and the revolter-based Syrian National Council, which has already begun demobilizing many forces and consolidating equipment, as can be seen just south of Aleppo, where a mass of ex-Ba'athist and defector tanks and artillery can be seen, grouped by type and serviceability. Guards patrol the grounds, and technicians prowl over the equipment. Nearly 12,000 men have laid their arms here, already returning to the workforce in what is to be one of the greatest reconstruction campaigns in recent times.
Chemical cleanup is more or less complete, now only in the form of a building-by-building checkup of facilities including the chemical weapons complex, which retains a large number of airtight rooms filled with ruptured gas containers following a particularly careless assault by the Turkish Commandos. These areas are being cleared slowly, piece by piece, until the entire facility can be considered cleared and decommissioned. Donated Georgian chemical equipment is of special help here, with class alpha CBRN suits providing near total protection in these especially dangerous environs. Here is one of the few major facilities guarded by the Free Syrian Army.
In the skies, the Syrian Air Force has finally been seen once more, silent for much of the war. Despite minor losses to the Turkish Air Force, they were able to maintain near-total command and control contact during the crisis, and the organization more or less switched en-mass when the FSA crossed the border. As the battle for Homs intensifies, mass flights of Su-24, MiG-23, and Su-22 aircraft from bases across the country involve themselves in CAS strikes, providing a near endless supply of bombs, rockets, and cannonfire upon the enemy forces.
In all, Syria's troubles have not ended: they've merely changed from one of winning war to winning a peace they want.