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Stairway To Aleppo?

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Stairway to Aleppo

Earliest date found for this image [via Tineye] dates to 1 April 2014 with this caption:

Left After Assad Bombing in Aleppo.

I have a bit of a problem with that impossibility, and so does physics. Then I found this:

Stairway to Aleppo 0

That image dates to 23 March 2014. A more recent post dated 19 June 2015 comes from TehranPress.com. Even Google Translate can’t crack that one, but it appears that someone’s laughing.

Stairway to Aleppo Original

This seems to be the unadulterated version, with an interesting caption:

Residents try to find their belongings among the rubble left of their homes after what activists said was an air attack from forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar Al-Assad in Bab Neirab, Aleppo, on July 27, 2013.

That caption and image came from The Atlantic via *ahem* Reuters… who have never *cough* posted manipulated propaganda photos.  [Hint: Google Islamic Rage Boy, Green Helmet Man, Wailing Woman Iraqi Missile Photoshop.]

Yet even that description (by activists?!) sounds specious. When Assad was under attack by the Muslim Brotherhood, why would his forces bomb his own people, unless Syria was already infiltrated by radical islam?

Oh, wait…

[Top image found here, and entirely by accident.]

[UPDATE: The images and commentary above were posted long before I realized the true horror of the ongoing atrocities in Syria. Apologies are in order.]

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