Aleppo in Syria is one of the Arab world’s great cities. Or it was. Everything that made the city famous – its enterprising merchants, its ancient citadel and souk, its dynamic Christian community, its melting pot of cultures – now hangs in the balance. Aleppo today lies devasted by Syria’s civil war and divided between pro and anti-Assad forces. Thousands of its people are dead, and hundreds of thousands have fled. In this two-hour special, Tim Franks focusses on Aleppo, looking at its past, its present, and its future.
(Image: Rubble of the minaret of Aleppo's ancient Umayyad mosque taken 25/04/2013. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)