Ariha: The story of Syria’s unseen war

REYHANLI, Turkey — Late in August, when the world’s attention was gripped by talk of a US intervention in Syria following a poison gas attack near Damascus, Syrian government forces were carrying out an intense assault on a small rebel-held town 150 miles to the north.

There was almost no reporting on Ariha at the time, even after Sept. 3, when Syrian state media announced that the government had “cleansed” the town of “terrorist gangs.” But when Roy Gutman and I started interviewing refugees from the area, we discovered that the “cleansing” operation was bigger than we thought.

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