December 2016: Aleppo in Government Hands
Updated February 11, 2017 | Infoplease Staff
Here's a slideshow depicting the major world news events of December 2016.
1. French President Hollande Won't Seek Reelection 2. Sexual Abuse Scandal Strikes English Soccer 3. Italian Prime Minister Renzi Resigns 4. South Korean Lawmakers Vote to Impeach President Park 5. Kurdish Militants Kill Dozens in Istanbul 6. ISIS Recaptures Palmyra 7. Coptic Christians Targeted in Cairo 8. Boeing Lands First Post-Sanctions Deal with Iran 9. Canadian Actor Alan Thicke Dies 10. Aleppo Back in Government Hands 11. Russian Ambassador Assassinated in Turkey 12. ISIS Strikes Christmas Market in Berlin 13. IMF Head Christine Lagarde Found Guilty 14. Explosions Level Mexican Fireworks Market 15. Singer George Michael Dies 16. New Syrian Cease-Fire
- Aleppo in Government Hands
- On Dec. 13, 2016, the Syrian government under President Assad takes back the city of Aleppo from the rebel groups, which have held the city for the past four years. This is the fifth major city the regime has gained control over, and marks a turning point in the war. The government dropped bombs throughout the rebel-held area, killing both rebels and civilians. According to some sources, the government is hunting down anyone with ties to the rebels and executing them. Many United Nations spokespeople from various countries, including France, the U.S. and the U.K, are voicing concern regarding Syria and the violence in Aleppo. As of Dec. 13, a fragile ceasefire agreement is in effect, and evacuations are being planned for citizens.
- Photo source: AP Photo/ Manu Brabo, File