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The evacuation of rebel-held eastern Aleppo due to start at dawn has been delayed, perhaps until Thursday, with an opposition official blaming Iran and its Shiite militias allied to President Bashar Assad for the hold-up.A ceasefire agreement brokered by Russia, Assad's most powerful ally, and Turkey ended years of fighting in the city and has given the Syrian leader his biggest victory yet after more than five years of war.Officials in the military alliance fighting in support of Assad could not be reached immediately for comment on why the evacuation was delayed.By taking full control of Aleppo, Assad has proved the power of his military coalition, aided by Russia's air force and an array of Shi'ite militias from across the region.Russia's decision to deploy its air force to Syria 18 months ago turned the war in Assad's favor after rebel advances across key areas of western Syria.However, Assad is far from taking back all of Syria.Tens of thousands of them fled to parts of the city held by the government or by a Kurdish militia, and tens of thousands more retreated further into the rebel enclave as it rapidly shrank under the army's lightning advance.
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