Aleppo Largely Liberated

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December 7, 2016
Aleppo Largely Liberated
by Stephen Lendman
News from Syria is the most encouraging since Obama launched naked aggression in March 2011 – using ISIS, al-Nusra and other terrorist groups as imperial foot soldiers.
On December 7, Fars News headlined “Syrian Army On Verge of Epoch-Making Victory in Aleppo,” saying:
“Aleppo is to be announced a completely liberated city by the Syrian army any moment now after hundreds of terrorists surrendered to the Syrian army at the end of daylong secret talks with government officials in Eastern Aleppo, while the remaining few hundreds under a now very tight siege have agreed to the Damascus terms to evacuate the city in less than two days.”
On December 6, AMN News headlined “Jihadist rebels surrender almost all of east Aleppo.” Syrian and allied forces overwhelmed them. A last attempted counteroffensive at Karm Al-Maysar and Karm Al-Qaterjy failed.
A reported Russian/Turkish agreement was reached for remaining terrorist pockets to surrender. A Syrian army source said they’ll start leaving Aleppo in two days.
Their web sites and social media comments acknowledged defeat, saying “we are losing Aleppo but we will fight in other places.” 
According to Russia’s reconciliation center spokesman Colonel Alexei Leshchenko, “(a)fter long and difficult negotiations, a ceasefire agreement with the militants was reached. The talks were very tense and required a lot of moral effort.”
Around 3,000 US-backed terrorists surrendered, granted safe passage with family members to Idlib province. Lebanon’s Al Mayadeen television reported government forces freeing Aleppo’s historic city center from their control. 
Tass said 80% of Aleppo is in government hands. On Wednesday, pockets of terrorists continued shelling western parts of the city, likely not much longer.
A major battle appears won. Lots more fighting remains to liberate Syria entirely. 
At a Tuesday NATO ministerial meeting in Brussels, John Kerry said Aleppo’s “fall…will not change the fundamental underlying complexity of this war. If Assad takes over Aleppo, is the war going to end? No” – sounding very much like Obama intends continued military support for ISIS and other terrorist groups in Syria.
Key is whether Trump intends ending it, cooperating with Russia in combating terrorism as he suggested while campaigning.
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.