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962 Capture of Aleppo ★ ★ ★ ★
Outcome: The Byzantines captured the city and then left December 962
War  &  Enemy: Enemy:
Later Byzantine-Muslim Wars
Battle Type:
City Capture
The Battlefield Aleppo Location:
Modern Aleppo or Halab in Northern Syria
Modern Country:
  The Byzantines(emperor:  Romanos II) The Enemies
Commander: General Nikephoros Phokas Emir Sayf ad-Dawlah
Forces: Unknown Unknown
Background story:
The Battle:
Nikephoros Phokas
On a major offensive against Muslim military power, Byzantine General Nikephoros Phocas drove the Arabs out of Crete in 961, then invaded Syria to besiege Aleppo, capital of the Hamdanid emir Sayf ad-Dawlah. One of his high-rank officers was his nephew John Tzimisces (emperor later). Aleppo was taken by storm, with the population killed or enslaved, and the city was razed. The Byzantine army took possession of 390,000 silver dinars, 2,000 camels, and 1,400 mules. Nikephoros (later Emperor) then attacked Adana and Tarsus in Cilicia .
Noteworthy: It was on these campaigns he earned the sobriquet "The Pale Death of the Saracens
Aftermath: Nikephoros continued his victorious campaign in the East without permanent conquest, though.