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The United States' intervention in Syria has been fueled by the notion that the U.S. must save the Syrian people from the oppressive government under Bashar al-Assad. As the war wages on, Americans should be asking the question: Has U.S. intervention helped the human rights of the Syrian people, or has it turned Syria into yet another case of failed regime change sponsored by American taxpayers?

Aleppo has become known as one of the most infamous war-torn cities in Syria, since the United States began funding the rise of the “Free Syrian Army” in 2011. Former President Obama pushed for the action at the time, insisting that it was the only way to fight back against Assad’s regime.

When it was time put the United States’ mission to arm and train prominent groups of Syrian rebels on the backburner, the public focus shifted towards fighting the newly trained and funded “Islamic State of Iraq & Syria.” The U.S. was joined by a coalition that included Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates in 2014.

The following photos show Aleppo's historic citadel from Aug. 28, 2008 to Dec. 13, 2016.

Syria Citadel-01

In March, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, reported that in the six years since the start of Syria’s civil war, nearly half a million people have been killed or have gone missing.

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The Observatory claimed that more than 321,000 were killed, and more than 145,000 people have been reported as missing, including 96,000 women and children.

The latest reports out of Aleppo claim that the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces “blocked the water from the Euphrates Dam that feeds into the Khafsa Pumps, halting the supply to people of Aleppo City,” which has “obstructed water to over 1 million residents of Aleppo City.”

One of the most impactful images from Aleppo depicts the quality of life of the women in the city. The following images show the transformation of Syrian women in Aleppo in 1968, to Syrian women in ISIS-occupied Aleppo in 2016.


Images via Sarah Abdallah, Twitter

As the U.S. warns of a possible chemical attack on behalf of Assad’s government, it should be noted that the U.S. is blatantly ignoring the role it has played in the deterioration of what was once a sovereign nation.

In addition to blaming the Syrian government for an alleged chemical attack with no investigation and no proof in April, the U.S. has ramped up its bombing campaign, and has killed nearly 500 Syrian civilians in the last month.