Syria Expands Control to Most of Aleppo

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From The Wall Street Journal:

“The Syrian regime extended its grip of Aleppo to almost all of the city on Monday as a proposal to evacuate rebels and civilians awaited a definitive response from Damascus’ Russian allies.

Syrian state media said President Bashar al-Assad’s forces had captured 98% of the eastern areas of Aleppo that have been largely rebel-held since 2012. The rebels and the opposition monitoring group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said regime forces were in control of 90%.

Rebels were pushed Monday from several more neighborhoods after days of intense ground combat with regime forces backed by Russian airstrikes and militias comprising thousands of Shiite Muslim foreign fighters.

Opposition officials estimated that more than 100,000 civilians remained in the besieged rebel-controlled areas of the city, huddled in homes and basements or seeking shelter. Tens of thousands have recently fled the area.”

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