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by Stephen Lendman
According to Syrian field sources, government and allied forces control 85% of eastern Aleppo, few remaining districts held by US-backed terrorists.
They’re “now trapped in a small area after pulling back forces from the districts on the Eastern sides of the Citadel of Aleppo and the entire Old Aleppo quarter,” according to Syria’s military.
They’re “retreating towards the neighborhoods of al-Kalasa, Bostan al-Qasr (Bustan al-Kaser), al-Ansari, al-Mash’had, al-Sukri, al-Salehin, Karam al-Da’ada, al-Nezha and a small part of Sheikh Saeed that have remained thus far under their 
control.”
Numbers of terrorists surrendering daily continue. About 10 square km of the city remain to be liberated. Remaining elements asked for a five-day ceasefire on the phony pretext of wanting wounded evacuated.
It was rejected, Syrian MP Fares Shehabi saying “(w)e will not accept any truce. If (terrorists) do not leave the city we will continue our attack.” 
On December 8, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said “(w)e are close to reaching understanding (with the Americans), but we have no overestimated expectations.”
“If politicians again try to threaten us (and Syria with further) sanctions, this is a rather self-revelation step. It shows full political weakness of this group of countries.”
Commenting on the ongoing battle, Assad said “(l)iberation of Aleppo will mean the failure of a plot of regional forces and the West against Syria,” adding:
“The decision to liberate the whole of Syria, including Aleppo, was taken right at the beginning. We have never thought of leaving any area unliberated.”
Aleppo is important because it’s close to Turkey, he explained, enabling terrorists to be supplied with weapons, munitions and other supplies.
“(T)hat’s why liberating Aleppo from the terrorists deals a blow to the whole foundation of the project, Damascus, Homs, and Aleppo,” said Assad. “That way the terrorists and the countries supporting them are deprived of any real cards.”
“We all know today that all Western and regional states rely on Turkey in implementing their incendiary and destructive project in Syria and in supporting the terrorists.” 
“Because Turkey has thrown all its weight, and Erdogan laid all his bets on Aleppo, the failure of their battle in Aleppo means a total transformation of the course of the war throughout Syria, and consequently the collapse of the outside project, be it regional or Western.” 
“For that reason, it is true that the battle of Aleppo will be a gain, but to be realistic, it doesn’t mean the end of the war in Syria. It is a significant landmark towards the end of the battle, but the war in Syria will not end until terrorism is eliminated.”
Once Aleppo is entirely liberated, “we will carry on with the war” in other areas until victory over imperial aggression.
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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.