Europe's Next Refugee Crisis, Courtesy Vladimir Putin

Syrians wait to enter Turkey at the Bab al-Salam border gate, Syria, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. Turkish officials say thousands of Syrians have massed on the Syrian side of the border seeking refuge in Turkey. Officials at the government’s crisis management agency said Friday it was not clear when Turkey would open the border to allow the group in and start processing them. The refugees who fled bombing in Aleppo, were waiting at the Bab al-Salam crossing, opposite the Turkish province of Kilis.(Depo Photos via AP) TURKEY OUT

Assad and Putin tighten the noose around rebel-held Aleppo — and you don’t need to guess the result:

An intensified offensive by Syria’s government to retake the city of Aleppo, backed by Russian airstrikes, led to a mass exodus of civilians Thursday, with tens of thousands fleeing their homes in an apparent attempt to reach the border with Turkey.

Britain-based monitoring group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said around 40,000 people were displaced by Thursday’s violence, while Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu claimed that the number was closer to 70,000, the BBC reported.


It doesn’t take much imagination to guess where many of those refugees will end up.


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