With Assad On Verge Of Historic Victory, Syrian Rebels Request A Ceasefire

Tyler Durden's picture

After nearly six years, Syria's civil war started under Hillary Clinton's watch in March 2011 during the Arab Spring protest, is finally coming to an end.

The battle for one of the most contested Syrian cities during the war, Aleppo - which was Syria's most populous city before the war - is almost over and the "rebel forces" who live in the city eastern part, realizing they are on the verge of losing, have finally come to the negotiating table but it is too late.

Recall that as we reported last week, the Syrian army had recaptured as much as as 40% of the militant held part of the city in an accelerating attack that threatens to crush the opposition in its most important urban stronghold. As of today, that number has nearly doubled. According to the Russian Reconciliation Center which is facilitating and overseeing the Syrian civil war, government forces have liberated 15 more eastern Aleppo neighborhoods in the last 24 hours, adding that the advance has allowed the Syrian Army to evacuate 1,200 residents of the city.  The Syrian authorities now “fully control 50 neighborhoods in the eastern part of [Aleppo] that account for 70 percent of the territory that was initially controlled by the militants.”

So facing the imminent loss of their most important stronghold, the Syrian rebels in besieged eastern Aleppo called on Wednesday for an immediate five-day ceasefire and the evacuation of civilians and wounded, but gave no indication they were ready to withdraw as demanded by Damascus and Moscow.

In a statement calling for the truce, the rebels made no mention of evacuating the several thousand fighters who are defending an ever shrinking area of eastern Aleppo. However, Syria and Russia, which supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, have said they want rebels to leave Aleppo and will not consider a ceasefire unless that happens according to Reuters.

Meanwhile, Assad's forces are piling on the pressure: "It's been a tragedy here for a long time, but I've never seen this kind of pressure on the city - you can't rest for even five minutes, the bombardment is constant," a resident said. "Any movement in the streets and there is bombardment (on that area) immediately," said the east Aleppo resident contacted by Reuters, who declined to be identified. Fear gripped the remaining residents as food and water supplies were cut off.

The rebels have suffered a series of staggering losses in Aleppo over the past 10 days or so as Assad’s Russian-backed forces have captured neighborhoods the opposition had controlled since 2012. Rebel-held areas of Aleppo have shrunk to about a third of their former size, the WSJ reports.


Syrian government troops patrolled a newly captured neighborhood in eastern
Aleppo on Wednesday

In addition to being a critical catalyst in the war, one which would shift the balance of power toward Assad's regime, retaking Aleppo would also be a success for Vladimir Putin who intervened to save Moscow's ally in September 2015 with air strikes, and for Shi'ite Iran, whose elite Islamic Republic Guard Corps has suffered casualties fighting for Assad. As such, the Syrian government now appears closer to victory than at any point in the five years since protests against Assad evolved into an armed rebellion.

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Tasting victory, outside of Aleppo the government and its allies are also putting severe pressure on remaining rebel redoubts. "The decision to liberate all of Syria is taken and Aleppo is part of it," Assad said in a newspaper interview, according to pro-Damascus television station al-Mayadeen. He described the city as the "last hope" of rebels and their backers.

The Syrian army now controls all of the Old City of Aleppo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site including the Umayyad Mosque, which had been held by rebels, the Observatory said. Explosions and artillery fire could be heard on Syrian state television in districts around the citadel which overlooks the Old City as the army pressed its offensive. More neighborhoods were expected to fall but rebels were fighting ferociously. 

Rebels have lost control of about 75 percent of their territory in eastern Aleppo in under 10 days, Director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdulrahman, said. It is their desperation that brought the rebels to the negotiating table: the "humanitarian initiative" published by rebels called for the evacuation of around 500 critical medical cases.

Realizing it has all the leverage, the Kremlin has refused to comply with the proposed truce, however it said on Wednesday that a potential U.S.-Russia deal to allow Syrian rebels to leave Aleppo safely was still on the agenda. Damascus and Moscow have been calling on rebels to withdraw from the city, disarm and accept safe passage out, a procedure that has been carried out in other areas where rebels abandoned besieged territory in recent months.

To move the proposal forward, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Kerry in Hamburg on Wednesday at 8 p.m. local (1900 GMT). A U.S. official said they were likely to discuss safe passage for rebels out of Aleppo. However, as of a couple of days ago, moderate opposition groups with whom U.S. officials had been in contact were "less than inclined" to make any such deals, the official said, on condition of anonymity. Lavrov will also meet with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Russian agencies reported.

Meanwhile, on Monday, Russia and China vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution calling for a week-long ceasefire. Moscow correctly said rebels used such pauses in the past to reinforce. The Syrian army's advance is a "strategic victory" that will prevent foreign intervention and alter the political process, Reconciliation Minister Ali Haidar told reporters in Damascus.

"Those who believed in the Syrian triumph, know that (the rebels') morale is at its lowest and that these collapses that have begun are like domino tiles," he said. But perhaps most surprising, was that an official with an Aleppo rebel group, who declined to be named, told Reuters the United States appeared to have no position on the Syrian army assault on Aleppo, just weeks before U.S. President-elect Donald Trump takes office. In other words, both Assad and Putin are taking advantage of the political power vacuum in the US to finally push the remaining rebels out of their hideout and end the war once and for all.

"The Russians want the fighters out and they (the Americans) are ready to coordinate over that", said the Turkey-based official, citing indirect contacts with U.S. officials.

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There is one final factor which effectively assures an Assad victory: the weather. As winter sets in, siege conditions are increasingly desperate, exacerbated by increasing numbers of displaced residents and food and water shortages. A U.N. official said on Wednesday about 31,500 people from east Aleppo have been displaced around the entire city over the past week, with hundreds more seen on the move on Wednesday. 

Yet few rebels had quit Aleppo so far, said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, who as has often been the case, described those were left there as "terrorists" who were uniting around fighters from the group formerly known as the al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front.

Civilians wanting to leave east Aleppo should be evacuated to the northern Aleppo countryside, rather than Idlib province, the rebel document said. Idlib is dominated by Islamist groups including Fateh al-Sham, the group formerly known as the Nusra Front, and is facing intense bombardment by Russian warplanes. On the other hand, “Russia wants to move them to Idlib. The fighters have a choice: survive for an extra couple of weeks by going to Idlib or fight to the very end and die in Aleppo," one senior European diplomat, who declined to be named, said. "For the Russians it’s simple. Place them all in Idlib and then they have all their rotten eggs in one basket.”

On Russian-U.S. talks, the diplomat said: “The assumption is that the U.S. has influence on the ground. I don’t think that’s the case.” Which means that the US has essentially given up and has handed over victory in Syria's half-decaded long proxy war to Putin. He will be delighted to accept.

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LetThemEatRand's picture

I can't remember if I'm supposed to feel moar safe or less safe with a cease-fire in Syria.  I'd better check with CNN.

manofthenorth's picture

Considering that most of the "rebels" are not even Syrians, I would say KILL EM ALL and let Allah sort them out.

Pinto Currency's picture

Need to evacuate Obama's special forces advisers.

Pinto Currency's picture

Running weapons and stingers with Hillary Clinton and Petraeus from Libya to ISIS in Syria:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuNLRZIJ8RI

Where is Eric Braverman?

Charles Wilson's picture

Guess the Syrian Army hasn't heard about "No Go Zones"...

Pinto Currency's picture

ISIS are now SJW's wanting "safe spaces".
Worried about macro-aggressions.

NoDebt's picture

Obama:  "See, my plan is working exactly like I expected."  

Gold...Bitches's picture

I hope Assad kills every last one of them gruesomely and over days if not months.  He should not agree to any cease fire or surrender.  Just like a virus you got to eradicate that shit from the face of the planet or it will come back again and again.  Even after Mubarak leveled a city block the Muslim Brotherhod was in and made a parade ground out of it they still came back a few decades later like a fucking cockroach.

OverTheHedge's picture

The following are facts that I have gleaned recently from here and elsewhere, fully dependent on my iffy memory.

There are a quarter of a million civilians in Allepo, according to the UNHCR.

Aid is supplied to Allepo based on the number of civilians.

Aid packages are worth $50-$60 per civilian on the black market.

WHERE ARE THE CIVILIANS?

Quarter of a million starving, displaced people, crammed into a tiny corner of a ruined city: this MUST but stopped. A humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion is underway - we must save these 250,000 people immediately from EvilAssad(tm).

Or, perhaps, they are not there any more? What say you? Dare we ask what happened to the aid? Was the UNHCR funding terrorism? Say it ain't so!

Harlequin001's picture

Someone needs to clean that tank. It's filthy!

beemasters's picture

The headline should have been:

"With Hillary's loss, the Clinton Foundation running dry, Assad On Verge Of Historic Victory and Syrian Rebels Request A Ceasefire."

otschelnik's picture

Where are the Syrians? In Frankfurt, Cologne, Dresden and Hamburg. 

Oliver Klozoff's picture

He'd be foolish not to. If Pinto Currency posted an accurate link and I believe it is, hrc has more to lose sleep over.

auricle's picture

Of course, the CIA black budget funding sponsored by the Obama administration has dried up with the Trump win.  

Jeffersonian Liberal's picture

I would gladly pay TEN DOLLARS for Assad to give a speech that mentions "giving all due respect to Barack Obama" while scratching his cheek with his middle finger (just like the Totally Hip Obama did, showing all the younger, Seinfeld fans how cool he was when he did that while discussing Republicans).

Obama, your legacy is dying before your eyes. All the glitz and glamour, the fainting spells, the tingling up the legs of our media...

...it's all turning to shit on your way out.

You proved once and for all that Affirmative Action forces the least deserving to rise to the top and that, once there, the exploiter of Affirmative Action always proves the Peter Principle.

Now, just go away, because no one wants to hear your preformed opinions ever again.

Bitch.

quadraspleen's picture

Yes. This.

This is the correct narrative. Along with US/UKSF training the "rebels" in Jordan with those same rat lines of weapons and logistical support in the form of C3 provided by the US and UK

This:
"closer to victory than at any point in the five years since protests against Assad evolved into an armed rebellion."

Is total bullshit fake news. There never was a "rebellion" against Assad by Syrians. George Soros rebelled against Assad along with his friends in (((high places))) and the goons in KSA/Qatar

HowdyDoody's picture

US Ambassador to Syria, John Ford, was photographed on the fron lines of the early stage 'revolt', just like Pyatt and Nuland in Ukraine.

 

ACES FULL's picture

NOW you want a ceasefire hmm....let me think about.

 

Ok, I thought about it.......NO!!!!

Itinerant's picture

Not seeing much about this on the MSM. Where's the 250,000 civilians holed up there? How come nobody ever fled from Assad's side of Aleppo to the rebel's side? How come we're not hearing anything about the 5400 killed in Mosul in November and 5700 killed in Mosul in October? Apparently the humanitarian intervention in Nineveh is even worse than the continual obliteration of ever more children's hospitals in Aleppo.

Yukon Cornholius's picture

Exactly. Why keep your enemies alive? Maybe one or two for interrogation purposes, but the vast majority need to be hunted down and killed. The Zionists are losing ground by the day.

Blankone's picture

The amnesty BS is Putin's doing.  He has forced it upon the Syrians just like the two previous ceasefires.

"Realizing it has all the leverage, the Kremlin has refused to comply with the proposed truce, however it said on Wednesday that a potential U.S.-Russia deal to allow Syrian rebels to leave Aleppo safely was still on the agenda. Damascus and Moscow have been calling on rebels to withdraw from the city, disarm and accept safe passage out, a procedure that has been carried out in other areas where rebels abandoned besieged territory in recent months."

Putin has been forcing this across Syria.  All the terrorists have to do is sign a piece of paper and turn over their rifles and they can walk away in safety.  They WILL show up again with new rifles and kill again.

And what about justice for the victims of terrorist crimes.  The horrible tortures, the executions of men, women and children, the total destruction of the civilization.  The murder, in horrible ways, of the Christians who were living in peace in Syria.  How can Putin justify just wiping the slate clean and letting the guilty escape justice (execution)?  What is the message sent not only to the terrorists (current and future) and the innocent citizens.  The terrorist can murder the citizens again and then (now it's the third time) simple call "uncle" when the start to lose and walk away safetly, again.  Or is that just what Putin wants, continued destruction of the Syrain people.

beijing expat's picture

Look at it this way; every morning Obama woke up with more enemies than he had when he went to bed. Every morning Putin wakes up with fewer enemies than he had when he went to bed. Who is winning?

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Putin forgot to consult with sofa wanker Blankone.

Miss Expectations's picture

And what about justice for the victims of terrorist crimes.  The horrible tortures, the executions of men, women and children, the total destruction of the civilization.

Ask Hillary.  Oh right, no empathy, no conscience, no soul.  This is Hillary's crime.

thecondor's picture

Trump should go to Syria and negotiate a cease fire and offer Hillary up for a get back together gift.  Drop her ass right in the middle of Allepo. 

laser's picture

The civilians flee to Assad's side not to the "moderate" employees of the US, SA, Israel, Qatar, etal.

SoDamnMad's picture

Hillary, You can shoot up Medicins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) and kill doctors and nurses who volunteer to treat the sick and wounded,  AND you might get away with it. BUT when you shoot up a Russian Field Hospital and kill doctors and nurses, you have pissed off Vladamir.  He doesn't get mad, He gets EVEN.  Your going to really, REALLY pay for this.  Your embeded are going to die and your dark secrets are going to be revealed. 

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

your trolling is advanced.

if Putin walked across water, you'd say he couldn't swim.

not dead yet's picture

Is that you Obama? You keep ranting negatively about the Russians with bullshit unproven claims as the Russians and Syrians conquer lost territory and send so many jihadists into the arms of Allah and keep proving you wrong. Some of those, if they disarm and allowed safe passage, will continue the fight but many will call it quits and go home to the US, Europe, or wherever. Some may continue the war when they get home but that's the price the countries that backed them deserve for their deceit and destruction of Syria. By letting them withdraw it will allow the civilians they are detaining, and willing to kill if it meets their needs, to be freed and the destruction of the city stopped with fewer casualties to the SAA and the Russians. Odds are these clowns will meet their end at the hands of the Russians and SAA long before they can get their hands on another weapon.

They should stop calling this a civil war and those fighting against the government rebels. It is a jihadist insurgency funded by outside sources.

Blankone's picture

Putin is keeping them alive and preventing the Syrians from sending the terrorists to Allah.  After the past ceasefires the terrorists regrouped and reattacked from better positions.  It did not end the fight, not even in those cities or areas.  They did not go home or to the US but moved to a new area and were rearmed with assistance of the US.

If instead if Putin would have supported the Syrians wiping out the terrorists, with the same brutality the terrorists have shown the Syrians, the message would have been sent. 

By letting them simply walk away many more civilians will have to die when they attack again.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

 

Putin is keeping them alive and preventing the Syrians from sending the terrorists to Allah.

Riiiiiight. The terrorists in east Aleppo have lost two thirds of their territory in the last ten days because Putin personally prevented the SAA from attacking them. The terrorists were bored, got stoned, and just sort of wandered off on their own.

You have a very high level of analytical abilities. For sure you are the guru of intellectualism with IQ exceeding 200 points.

If instead if Putin would have supported the Syrians wiping out the terrorists, with the same brutality the terrorists have shown the Syrians, the message would have been sent.

The message which would have been sent would be from the State Department and the MSM saying "look at that brutal dictator butchering innocent civilians by turning their neighborhoods into a lunar landscape". It never occurs to you that Assad is trying to prevent unnecessary bloodshed and destruction, does it? The amnesty program for surrendering "rebels" who are actually Syrian citizens, which has been a success, is Assad's doing, not Putin's, and began well before Russian aircraft became involved.

By letting them simply walk away many more civilians will have to die when they attack again.

This contradicts what you said in the preceding sentence.

How many times per shift are you required to mention the word "Putin"?

HopefulCynic's picture

Put in a zoo style prison, so that I can visit and throw some shit to feed them. I want to go see the freaks!!! Come on, you do not want to make me sad do you?

Normalcy Bias's picture

Why keep your enemies alive?

Because Perpetual War is where the money is...

SoDamnMad's picture

Target a Russian hospital, Now you have blood on your hands.  You can just go die. No quarter, no surrender, no escape to go do your crimes somewhere else in the world. 

Wile-E-Coyote's picture

Anyone notice the resistance crumbled once the NATO command and control bunker was taken out by the Russians.

Badsamm's picture

I want Russia to spend the next week cleaning out all their cold war era munitions on what ever is left of rebel territories. Shock and Awe baby. Make it fucking rain Vlad

GreatUncle's picture

From all that has happened in Syria.

Ceasefire or no ceasefire?

No ceasefire, a window of opportunity to leave and never return if you take it.

Ceasefire? Nope don't work when it just gets broken again in days by some CIA / US action.

When the US targetted the Syrian army the ability to sue for a ceasefire vanished.

whatamaroon's picture

All hail the lead-from-behind great leader ohstupidhead as he's battin a thousand.

Normalcy Bias's picture

Obama's just an errand boy, sent by grocery clerks, to collect a bill.

oncemore's picture

.......

Syrian Rebels......

What ZH? Fake news? u call pleoplw, who organized 9/11 syrian rebels?

HopefulCynic's picture

Saudi Rebels and CIA and Mossad officers? They are the same, "syrian" "rebels"

buzzsaw99's picture

we should have kept our collective noses out of it to begin with

nmewn's picture

By "we" I guess you mean Obama, McCain & Hillary? ;-)

Normalcy Bias's picture

...but, the MIC wouldn't make a profit!

GreatUncle's picture

Noticed also how the UK especially in with air strikes to give credability to the US position.

Like more bombs was going to help? No to appear to give legitimcy to the US actions.

That last trick is getting tiresome now.