Aleppo has been described as the Srebrenica, and the Rwanda, of our time. After more than four years of stalemate, and months of siege and battle, December 2016 saw the last of the population of the besieged eastern half of the city evacuated on the now-infamous green buses. The evacuation was the result of a crescendo of brutality. Years of indiscriminate bombings killed thousands, and destroyed much of the east of the city.  They gave way to months of brutal siege, and finally, to weeks of bombardment and fighting. The final assault resembled the razing of a city and its last inhabitants.

Using innovative open source methodologies, digital forensic research, forensic architecture, and geolocation analysis the Atlantic Council brings you this ground-breaking report capturing the final months of the breaking of Aleppo. Drawing from a vast team of international partners, the report lays out the facts and fictions of the conflict, serving as a reminder that the atrocities of Aleppo should not be so easily forgotten. Please join us for the exclusive launch of BreakingAleppo with appearances from the report writers and key policy makers discussing the siege of Aleppo and the path forward.



Frederick Kempe,
President & CEO,
Atlantic Council

Frederic C. Hof,
Former US Special Adviser for Transition in Syria & Director of the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East,
Atlantic Council

Abdul Kafi Alhamdo,
Syrian Teacher and Activist (Skyping in from Aleppo countryside)

Dr. Lina Murad,
Board Member,
Syrian American Medical Society

Faysal Itani,
Senior Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East,
Atlantic Council

Maks Czuperski,
Director, Digital Forensic Research Lab and Special Advisor to the President,
Atlantic Council 

Eliot Higgins,
Senior Fellow, Digital Forensic Research Lab,
Atlantic Council 

Emma Beals,
Investigative Journalist

Moderated By:


Karen DeYoung,
Associate Editor & Senior National Security Correspondent,
Washington Post


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This event is open to press and on the record.