“..At least a dozen civilians emerged from their homes, retirees in their 70s, shopkeepers and local businessmen with their families -
- and, unaware that a foreign journalist was watching, put their arms round Syrian troops.
One told me he had stayed in his home as “foreign” fighters used his courtyard to fire on government soldiers.
“I speak Turkish and most were speaking Turkish – but some of the men had long beards and short trousers like the Saudis wear – and had strange Arab accents.”
So many Aleppo citizens talked to me, out of earshot of soldiers -
- about armed “foreigners” in their streets – along with Syrians “from the countryside” -
- that the presence of considerable numbers of non-Syrian gunmen appeared to be true…”
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