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East of Aleppo emerged during a layman’s concerted effort to make sense of what the hell was going on in Syria in 2016, the year that beautiful city was barrel-bombed off the map. Seeking to get a handle on the fine detail of the madness, I followed a winding trail through articles, broadcasts and documentaries, mostly well away from the beaten track of the West’s corporate media.
I wasn’t looking for material for a comics story, but a number of pieces made vague references to an incident at a village bakery involving fundamentalist, resistance and U.K. forces, throwaway references that suggested it was old news everybody knew about. I didn’t, and I couldn’t find the full story anywhere, though it involved R.A.F. drones and fatalities.
Bread, Bombs and Video Clips is the result of scavenging the longest loose threads from the most reliable sources and weaving them together in a fractured picture of what appears to have taken place.
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