The Syrian Arab Army and Russian forces may be about to close the final chapter in the five-year Syrian war – and the Western media don’t seem to want to know about it. Indeed, most media coverage is given to [the presidential candidates]. While [they are] declaring how [they] would wipe out Islamist terrorists in the Middle East, the Syrian army and its Russian allies were actually getting on with that very job.
Syria’s northern city of Aleppo – which was the country’s biggest city before the onset of the war in 2011 – is about to be fully retaken by the Syrian army, supported by Russian air power. Humanitarian corridors have been created to allow civilians and surrendering fighters to escape before the final assault begins on anti-government militias holed up in the east of the city. These militants are an amalgam of illegally armed groups, including the proscribed terrorist brigades affiliated to al-Qaeda. Western governments and media meanwhile engage in cynical word games by referring to some of the fighters as “moderates” and “rebels”.
What Syrian and Russian forces seem to be about to achieve in the recapture of Aleppo is nothing short of a historic victory. It is not just the symbolism of regaining Syria’s second city, which has the strategic significance for government-controlled Damascus. With its proximity to the Turkish border, Aleppo has been a bastion for illicit flow of weapons and mercenaries that has fueled the entire Syrian conflict.
In many ways, Aleppo represents the last stand for the regime-change forces.