Fighters of the Free Syrian Army fire an anti-aircraft weapon in the rebel-held Mashhad area in southeastern Aleppo, on December 12, 2016, as they battle Syrian government forces during an operation to retake the embattled city. AFP / STRINGER
Your feedback is important to us!
We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.
Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.
Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)
The battle for Aleppo, for months the focal point of Syria's multisided civil war, is approaching a bloody end as the army and its allies swept through rebel-held areas in recent days. The historic city of Aleppo had for years been divided into a government-held west and rebel-held east, with the army leaning heavily on foreign fighters and the rebels divided among an array of factions.Finally taking Aleppo will give Syrian President Bashar Assad his biggest battlefield victory yet after nearly six years of conflict.The faction's Aleppo commander led a new alliance that rebel groups formed this month in an attempt to better organize their defenses against the government's attack.-SYRIAN ARMY: The Syrian army is supported by Russian airstrikes, local pro-government militias and mostly Shiite foreign fighters.Harakat al-Nujaba, an Iraqi Shiite militia fighting in Syria, sent more than 1,000 extra fighters to southern parts of Aleppo in September to reinforce its positions, the group's spokesman said.The Liwa al-Quds took part in some of the army's recent advances in Aleppo.In and around Aleppo, the Kurdish militia has clashed with nationalist Syrian Arab rebels, which have accused it of collaborating with the government.
FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE