How will the fall of Aleppo affect the Syrian civil war?


Originally published in TRT World

Syrian regime forces loyal to Bashar al Assad and his allies have taken control of the rebel-held eastern district of Aleppo on Tuesday. Opposition defences collapsed on Monday after heavy bombing forced them to retreat to districts on the west bank of the Queiq River.

More than 90 percent of eastern Aleppo which was previously held by the rebels since 2012 is now controlled by regime forces.

“This will not end the war, nor will it suppress the opposition, but it will end the rebellion as a strategic threat to the regime of Bashar Assad and push the insurgency into a greater reliance on extremists, creating more space for international terrorists and protracting the war,” Kyle Orton, a research fellow from the think tank Henry Jackson Society said.

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