Syrian Gains Mount, Rebels Losing Last Enclaves in Aleppo

Hospitals reported hit in heavy airstrikes

The Syrian government is continuing to make gains in the Aleppo Province. Backed by airstrikes, they’ve sacked a number of small powers and villages in the province’s west, and are close to having totally secured the entire province for the first time in many years.

The last major rebel territory in Syria was centered around Idlib Province, and included rebel-held territory around the Aleppo-Idlib border. Turkey’s allies were mostly in Aleppo, while al-Qaeda-seized the bulk of Idlib in rebel infighting.

These remote enclaves are important because Aleppo city, the financial capital of Syria, has remained in range of rebel artillery fire throughout the year, and this is the first time it is indicated that Syria might be able to secure a buffer zone.

Turkey is looking to stop this substantial Syrian win by pushing for negotiations with Russia. President Erdogan has threatened war with Syria spanning the entire nation, and seems to believe they can get Russia to do something to return to the status quo to avoid such a fight.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.