Assad On Verge Of Biggest Victory Since Start Of Syrian War With Imminent Capture Of Aleppo

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The battle for one of the most contested Syrian cities in the nation's long-running civil war, Aleppo, is approaching its climax. According to Reuters, the Syrian army and its allies announced the capture of a large swath of eastern Aleppo from rebels on Monday - by some estimates as much as 40% of the militant held part - in an accelerating attack that threatens to crush the opposition in its most important urban stronghold.

In a major breakthrough in the government's push to retake the whole city, regime forces captured six rebel-held districts of eastern Aleppo over the weekend, including Masaken Hanano, the biggest of those. On Sunday, the 13th day of the operation, they also took control of the adjacent neighborhoods of Jabal Badra and Baadeeen and captured three others.

As is customary, when it comes to describing events in Syria, one has two biased narratives to choose from: one from the perspective of the Western forces, for whom the protagonist are the Syrian rebels, and Assad is the enemy, and then there is the Syrian/Russian point of view, in which the rebels are aligned with the Islamic State (and are supported by the US) and the liberation of the country entails removing both at the same time.

Covering the former "angle" first, Reuters writes that two rebel officials said the insurgents, facing fierce bombardment and ground attacks, had withdrawn from the northern part of eastern Aleppo to a more defensible front line along a big highway after losses that threatened to split their enclave. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights - a UK funded "think tank" operated by just one man, who in 2013 was responsible for the Assad "chemical attack" fabricated YouTube clip - said the northern portion of eastern Aleppo lost by the rebels amounted to more than a third of the territory they had held, calling it the biggest defeat for the opposition in Aleppo since 2012.

Thousands of residents were reported to have fled. A rebel fighter reached by Reuters said there was "extreme, extreme, extreme pressure" on the insurgents. Part of the area lost by the rebels was taken over by a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia from another part of Aleppo in what rebels described as an agreed handover, a rare example of cooperation between groups that have fought each other.

What appears to be the imminent loss of Aleppo by rebel forces has sent shockwaves of demoralization across the war-torn country, and hundreds of miles to the south, people have started to leave the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Khan al-Shih for other parts of the country controlled by insurgents under a deal with the government, the Observatory said.

As Reuters adds, capturing eastern Aleppo would be the biggest victory for President Bashar al-Assad since the start of the uprising against him in 2011, restoring his control over the whole city apart from a Kurdish-held area that has not fought against him.

For Assad, taking back Aleppo would shore up his grip over the main population centers of western Syria where he and his allies have focused their firepower while much of the rest of the country remains outside their control. More importantly, it would be seen as a victory for his allies, Russia and Iran, which have outmanoeuvred the West and Assad's regional enemies through direct military intervention. It would be a major slap in the face for the US and its allies.

"What happened in the last two days is a great strategic accomplishment by the Syrian army and allies," a fighter with a militia on the government side in the Aleppo area said.

Meanwhile, animosity toward the US is building even among its erstwhile "friends" as rebels said their foreign patrons including the United States have abandoned them to their fate in Aleppo.

While some of the rebels in Aleppo have received support from states such as Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United States during the war, they say their foreign backers have failed them as Assad and his allies unleash enormous firepower.


"The situation is very bad and the reason is the round the clock shelling with all types of weapons," said Abdul Salam Abdul Razaq, military spokesman for the Nour al-Din al-Zinki group, one of the main Aleppo rebel factions.


"There is very fierce fighting going on now and the regime and its supporters are destroying whole areas to allow themselves to advance," he told Reuters. Another fighter said there was heavy attrition in "people and ammunition".

Assad has gradually closed in on eastern Aleppo this year, first cutting the most direct lifeline to Turkey before fully encircling the east, and launching a major assault in September. A military news service run by Hezbollah declared the northern portion of eastern Aleppo under full state control. The Russian Defence Ministry said about 40 percent of the eastern part of the city had been "freed" from militants by Syrian government forces.

Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the Syrian army’s advances with members of his Security Council on Monday, Russian news agencies quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying.

To preserve some pride, officials with two Aleppo rebel groups said rebels had withdrawn to areas they could more easily defend, particularly after losing the Hanano housing complex area on Saturday.

"It is a withdrawal for the sake of being able to defend and reinforce the front lines," an official in the Jabha Shamiya rebel group told Reuters.  In other words, it's not a defeat, just a strategic retreat.

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Meanwhile, the same narrative from a biased Russian angle, as reported earlier by RT, sounds as follows:

More than 3,000 civilians have left the eastern part of the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo in the last 24 hours, the Russian Center for Reconciliation said. It later reported that about 40 percent of the militant-held part of the city has been liberated. Some 3,179 people, including 1,519 children – among them 138 newborn babies – have left Eastern Aleppo through the ‘humanitarian corridors’ set up by Syrian government forces, Russian Reconciliation Center said on Monday. The center reported that 12 neighborhoods, comprising roughly 40 percent of the territory previously controlled by the militants, have been cleared.


According to the Russian Center for Reconciliation, more than 80,000 people live in the newly liberated areas of the eastern part of the city. It added that more than 5,000 people fled from the southern districts of eastern Aleppo, which are still controlled by the militants, to the areas held by government forces. More than 100 militants laid down their arms and left eastern Aleppo through the special corridors, the statement said.


Despite joint humanitarian efforts undertaken by the Syrian government and Russia, thousands of civilians are still kept in the eastern part of the city by militants. To minimize damage to the civilian population, the Russian and Syrian militaries suspended airstrikes and set up 'humanitarian corridors' for both non-combatants and militants willing to leave the area.


However, the corridors are vulnerable to militant small arms fire and shelling, which complicates the evacuation of civilians. RT's Lizzie Phelan, reporting from Syria, said the government army's advance in the eastern part of Aleppo “has enabled civilians to leave the area,” and that there are thousands of people desperate to flee. Those who managed to escape told RT crew the militants deprived them of all means to survive, including food and water.


“The militants are lying, they are holding us there, even now they are holding families [in the area]. They don't let people go,” one man said.


“Every time we tried to flee they caught us and turned us back,” a young woman added.

As RT concludes, "currently, the Syrian Army is continuing their large-scale offensive in eastern Aleppo, targeting Al-Nusra Front and other radical militants still controlling the area. The troops have already established control over important blocks and districts in the eastern part of the city."

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Readers can decide which narrative they like better, but no matter how one spins it, whether Assad's ongoing acts are of barbaric brutality or altruistically humanistic, should Aleppo fall to the Assad regime, the Syrian civil war will enter into a new phase, one where the regime will now have the clear upper hand, and will set back the US allied effort years, giving Trump few options if he wants to reengage in Syria: expand the US presence by orders of magnitude, including overt ground forces, or simply withdraw.

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AlexCharting's picture

Worst thing is that our politicians and media does not realize that most of the blood is on their hands. 

The central planners's picture

God bless the brave men of SAA Hezbolla and Al quds paramilitary.

PrayingMantis's picture

... this started Assad's path to re-take his city ... >>> ... cut off the "head" directing the enemy then claim victory ...

report: ..."... The foreign officers who were killed in the Aleppo operations room were directing the terrorists' attacks in Aleppo and Idlib. " ...

beauticelli's picture
beauticelli (not verified) PrayingMantis Nov 29, 2016 1:53 AM

What's really going on in the Middle East.

letsit's picture
letsit (not verified) beauticelli Nov 29, 2016 1:59 AM


philipat's picture

Talking to yourself again:

mofio, santafe, Aristotle of Greece, Gargoyle, bleu, oops, lance-a-lot, Loftie, toro, Yippee Kiyay, lonnng, letsit, Mano-A-Mano, techies-r-us, beauticelli, stizazz, Nekoti, SumTing Wong, King Tut, Adullam, espirit, rp2016, Holy hand grenade of Antioch, lock-stock and tazs,

nmewn's picture

President Redline supporters to coming screaming through exclaiming "He was against Assad before he was for him!" in...3...2...1 ;-)

N0TME's picture

US "claims" are starting to be really annoying.


HowdyDoody's picture

Ungrateful east Aleppo civilians filmed being forced to flee from US-sponsored 'freedom fighters' into the arms of the 'brutal Assad dictatorship'

/biased /sarc

Stuck on Zero's picture

According to a U.S. spokesman every bomb dropped by Assad fell squarely on a school full of youngsters.

According to Assad's spokesman every bomb set off by the rebels destroyed a hospital full of orphans.

jaxville's picture

Tell me that was some kind of satire ......please.

BennyBoy's picture


"...Several US, Turkish, Saudi, Qatari and British officers were also killed along with the Israeli officers. The foreign officers who were killed in the Aleppo operations room were directing the terrorists' attacks in Aleppo and Idlib. ..."

USA supplying and directing terrorists.

Bavarian's picture

This thing has been lights out since that retaliation took place which was a tit for tat when US jets hit the Syrian army by "mistake" bombing for over an hour.  There was a lot of squealing and bravaggio from the western media and fake news attempts of brutality directed at the Syrian army and "evil" Russians but once the rooskies dug in with the no-fly zone, reality set in.  The Russians were finished messing around with this childish behavior and media bluster. 

I love the revealing of the one-man think-tank spreading propaganda about the chemical attacks from the start.  There's got to be a way to prevent this crap from repeating itself.  That guy alone led to hundreds of thousands of deaths and millions of refugees by allwoing for this fake narrative excusing UN and US troops to bomb away to protect the Qatar pipeline for elite weath to prosper and the petro dollar to rule. 

Sorry fellas.  Things didn't quite work out for you.  War crimes are vital to prevent this shitshow from returning.  We need people to hang - government leaders in particular.  Give future amitious zealots something to think about before they plot more destruction simply to line their pockets. 

Time for Titus's picture

That's arguably one of the most encouraging events of the past several years. "Several US, Turkish, Saudi, Qatari and British officers were also killed along with the Israeli officers." 


Finally, somebody manned up and destroyed the vermin at the top.

WTFUD's picture

You like I loves us a Happy Fucking Ending. May these sons of whores be buried alive and be dug up as mummified lost souls in 100 years to be put on display in the New Syria Museums of Remembrance.

PrayingMantis's picture


... and that "farsnews" Russian operation was a 'tit-for-tat-and-send-them-a-lesson' covert op for this "mistake" (which took several weeks for the Pentagram to "regret") ... >>> "Strike on Syrian army was ‘regrettable error’, Pentagon says" >>> ...

... the bigger question I would assume was, how did Russia find out the pin-point and accurate "exact" location of the foreign "directors" of IS in that mountain-range hideout? ... was it Hiliary's "hacked" State Dept server that divulged the intelligence? ... is that why Erik Prince (of Blackwater fame) came out of the shadows to bash Hiliary? >>> ... were any of those "foreigners" killed part of Erik's covert operatives?

 ... we can only speculate ...


anti-republocrat's picture

were any of those "foreigners" killed part of Erik's covert operatives?

I certainly hope so.

anti-republocrat's picture

Yes.  It was in direct response to the "accidental" bombing of the SAA at Deir ez-Zor.  In addition to 60 Syrian soldiers, I understand there were Russian soldiers killed as well.  The retaliation 1) was effective retaliation for the Russian deaths at Deir ez-Zor, 2) demonstrated to the West that Russian intelligence was very good and if they said they knew where all Western intelligence and JSOC members were, they probably did, 3) could not be denounced by Western governments, as that would be admission of their own support for terrorists and 4) as you said, decapitated rebel operations in Aleppo.

Oh regional Indian's picture

The grand plan, as i'd once heard told, was to one day suddenly turn the whole defense thing Homeland-wards and leave the huge standing army globally stranded, unsupplied and at the mercy of whichever opponent they are facing.

Easy way to solve so many problems for these glowbullists, ne? No more VA headache, no resettlement issues, no Born on the 4th of july truthiness....

It will happen, question is when...

Until then, a gradual decline...either way, your military is fucked....ships that can't sail, fighter aircraft dangerous to their own pilots...

I mean, litorally.... what the stuck?

847328_3527's picture

Obama has killed twice the number of people Bush did and invaded more then twice the number of countries.

No wonder the Swedes gave him the Nobel Pizza Prize.

OregonGrown's picture

If I was the elected president of so-said country..... I would FIGHT with all my verocity / weapons / bombs to exterminate the infidels!


Tell me our number one "G" in chief wouldnt do the same thing if foreign terrorists were invading USA from the south and started taking over San Diego / LA / Bay area.........  


......Oh wait...... 

Ace006's picture

Apparently fighting back against foreign invaders changes you from an urbane opthalmologist to a "brutal dictator."

X_in_Sweden's picture
X_in_Sweden (not verified) 847328_3527 Nov 29, 2016 2:35 AM

WRONG! ....

"...the Swedes gave him the Nobel Pizza Prize".

It's the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Oslo Norway that decides & hands out the Peace Prize.

The pervert PIZZAGATE gang 0bambi & the Clitcunts Hill/Bill etc. prefer their Ping-Pong Pizza, not Swedish Meatballs.

btw, your 1st statement is however surely correct.

Regards from snowy Sweden,  X-

new game's picture

and the city is in ruins. victory, of course! geez, we won. now what. crumbled buildings, city infastructure

damaged and family life in strife. victory for who? meanwhile back at democracy headquarters, the o-team plots there next country to destroy to spread democracy...

winning with MIC budget to be increased by the don. winning again. moar deficet spending, winning, of course. put a yellow ribbon around some necks and pull the ends...oh yea winning, finally...

Free Spirit's picture

The Nobel peace prize is decided by ex-members of the norwegian parlament. All other Nobel prizes are decided by swedish scientists.


Ace006's picture

In other words, the prizes are completely compromised.

jaxville's picture

  That can easily happen if the world stops accepting US paper.  I actually see the Iranian navy returning US personnel to America as a humanitarian effort. 

    The US military can pay in actual cash or specie to it's military suppliers overseas.  Not sure how much gold or silver they actually have set aside for that scenario but I am sure it ain't enough. 

 I am wondering if "contingency" would have been better than scenario?  Maybe it's just some old James Gang thing....?

Blankone's picture

No, the most dissapointing thing is that so many people do not realize that our politicians and media know the blood is on their hands (as well as others) and could not care less.  And of course that the US/European people do not care or feel it is being done for some virtuous reason (safety, democracy, still stupid enough to think Arabs did 9/11 or somehow started the killing).

Placerville's picture

That's because they've been listening to Jihadi John Kirby.

HedgeJunkie's picture

"Worst thing is that our politicians and media does not realize that most of the blood is on their hands."

Best thing is that they're killing a shitload of militant muslims that our War Criminal Government trained, funded, armed and multiple times re-armed. 

The whole war is dispicable (as is all the government sponsored propaganda surrounding it), and having our War Criminal politicians' hands in it is appalling. 

I pray that all invovled are held accountable to the World Court and summarily, and slowly, hung (baling wire suggested) with their toes just touching dirt as they tap dance to hell.

wildbad's picture

oh, do you really think they don't know? they know. their hands are bloody. just like driving the us into war in Iraq and Libya...

they know and cannot feign ignorance when they are called on the mat.

luckylongshot's picture

How can someone be a rebel if they don't live in the country they are fighting in?. In fact they can only be termed terrorists or invaders. With terrorists from over 100 countries fighting the Syrian government calling them rebels is about as sensible as calling main stream news impartial and objective.

Mute Button's picture

Are you taking an exception to the Zionited States of America?


LetThemEatRand's picture

Oh my God!  I feel so much less safe having read this.  I hope someone bombs him for taking back one of the cities in the country in which he was elected President.  Until then, I'm checking the locks on my doors.

tenpanhandle's picture

+1 You are a one man think tank.

auricle's picture

Yes, institute the no fly zone immediately. Boots on the ground, we need this contained for all our safety. Assad is killing the innocent rebels. Where is Obama? I'm outraged. /s

847328_3527's picture

Are those the McShame backed "moderate" rebels ... or ... the extreme "radical" cia-backed rebels?

I'm not for importing any of these people but I do understand why they hate USA and Europeans as well as seek revenge once they get here.

N0TME's picture

Yeah, you need a scorecard to just keep up with this.

Mass_hysteria's picture
Mass_hysteria (not verified) Nov 29, 2016 12:06 AM



the american tyrants are losing with their proxy army.


maybe stop invading innocent countries imperialists

ThirdWorldDude's picture

Can you un-teach a pig not to eat shit? Same answer applies to imperialistic tyrants and their obsession with "R2P humanitarian interventions"...

On a side note, it's fun reading about a panicked Wilbur and his fruitless background efforts to save his pawns' lives.

navy62802's picture

This is a direct result of Hillary Clinton foreign policy.

Sadly, American servicemen are involved in this bullshit. Just had a Navy EOD technician get blown up in northern Syria within the past 7 days. Should just let the camel jockeys kill each other. Doesn't require our sons and daughters.

America should team up with the Russians and bomb the flying fuck out of ISIS shitheads.

Freddie's picture

Um no.   Go google Christmas Damascus.   You will see Christimas lights all over.  Syria was around 20% Christian before this illegal genocidal war started by the NeoCons.

The Jonathan Pollard evangelicals including those over at Free Republic will attack Syrians with their sock puppets like Rev. John Hagee.

Most of these evangelical idiots have no clue that Syria is arguably the birthplace of Christianity - far more so then the place where they killed Christ

The Syrians are decent people and their should be genocide war crimes for the people who did this to Syria and the Syrians.  Sickening.

As far as Americans being killed there?  Quit.  Get any job.

enfield0916's picture

But, but, but #XE-LivesMatter! Who will save the economy if our dear mercs can't get paid by Black Water - aka XE Services?

Freddie's picture

I know a guy who had a former Marine begging him to teach him real estate (riches) to get out of the merc business.  The real estate guru said he would but the former Marine gets the call and goes. The RE guy was selling dreams and BS.

From what I gathered, they get paid about $10,000 a month with 3 to 5 month contracts.  They probably get out of the Marines with a wife, young kids, mortgage, car and truck loan.  They are lucky if they can get a $30K gig at Lowes or Home Depot.

So they agree to be mercs.   No sympathy here.

X_in_Sweden's picture
X_in_Sweden (not verified) Freddie Nov 29, 2016 2:46 AM

Any, and I mean ANY A-hole that signs on as a merc, AND ANY idiot that is a psuedo-merc aka known as us military personnel,

deserves a bullet-in-the head when in anyway supporting directly or indirectly.....terrorism.



May They Rot in Hell!