Syrian government troops gather as they patrol Aleppo's al-Shaar neighbourhood after taking control of the area in the eastern part of the northern Syrian city on December 7, 2016. AFP / GEORGE OURFALIAN
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Aleppo shakes with explosions and gunfire day and night in both the government- and rebel-held sides of the divided Syrian city.A rebel defeat in Aleppo, Syria's largest city and once its commercial center, would reverberate across the war-torn country, where opposition forces continue to hold out in smaller, scattered areas. In Aleppo, rebel factions that had held out for four years finally buckled last week under the pressure of a massive air campaign that took out all remaining hospitals, and a suffocating siege that has seen medical and food supplies running dangerously low.In government-controlled parts of the country and on social media, Assad supporters are already touting the Aleppo advances as an overall military victory by Assad in the war.But the conflict is far from over, even with a government win in Aleppo. The Aleppo native, who now lives mostly in Damascus, said the conflict in Syria is a battle between foreign powers.
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