4 dec

almasdarnews.com – Syrian Army pushes deeper into eastern Aleppo amid rebel collapse

Rebel forces in the battleground city of Aleppo continue to lose more territories to the government troops as battles intensify between the two warring parties in the city’s east.

Alexander Mercouris – Russian FM Sergey Lavrov calls John Kerry’s bluff, demands concrete proposals on Syria

US Secretary of State Kerry’s latest offer for all Jihadis to leave Aleppo appears to be an attempt to get the Russians to agree to a ceasefire in order to preserve the Al-Qaeda controlled pocket in eastern Aleppo until after Obama leaves the Presidency in January. However Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov called Kerry’s bluff by demanding that the US come up with concrete proposals and a definite timetable for the Jihadis’ withdrawal.

almasdarnews.com – Rebel forces in Aleppo arrest militants willing to surrender

A coalition of rebel forces in Aleppo known as Aleppo Council arrested, today, several rebel groups of Jaish al-Islam for allegedly planning to turn themselves in to the government forces.

sputniknews.com – Russia Delivers Over 150 Tonnes of Aid to Aleppo Residents

Russia has delivered over 150 tonnes of humanitarian aid to the residents of areas of Syria’s besieged city of Aleppo this week, the Russian military said Sunday.

rt.com – Over 2,500 Syrian militants granted amnesty over past week – Reconciliation Center

Over 2,500 militants who ended their fight against Syrian government forces have been pardoned over the last week under a blanket amnesty promised by Damascus, the Russian Center for Reconciliation reported.

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3 dec

rt.com – Lavrov: Kerry finally presented proposals on Aleppo in line with Russia’s stance

At a meeting in Rome, US Secretary of State John Kerry made suggestions on Aleppo in line with those of Russian experts, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.
Russia is ready to immediately send military officials and diplomats to Geneva to work out a joint plan of action for Aleppo in line with US proposals, Lavrov said, as quoted by Russian news agencies.
“Moscow is ready to immediately send our military experts and diplomats to Geneva to work out joint actions with our US colleagues in line with the [new] American proposals, which would ensure the withdrawal of all militants without exception from eastern Aleppo, and would provide unimpeded humanitarian supplies to the city’s residents and ensure the establishment of normal life in eastern Aleppo,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Saturday.
Until Friday, the United States had been doing its best to try to “push provisions that would take the heat off Al-Nusra, which directs the militants in the unliberated parts of eastern Aleppo,” Lavrov noted, while adding, “however, yesterday at our meeting in Rome, John Kerry passed on to us proposals from Washington that are in line with the suggestions from Russia’s experts.”

almasdarnews.com – Russia, Turkey agree to give jihadists 24 hours to leave east Aleppo: report

Russia and Turkey reportedly agreed on Friday to give the jihadist rebels of Jabhat Fateh Al-Sham (formerly Nusra Front) 24 hours to leave east Aleppo through the humanitarian corridor setup by the Russian military.
According to the Russian media, Jabhat Fateh Al-Sham has 24 hours to leave east Aleppo; if they refuse to do so, then they will show no mercy to the 900 remaining jihadists combatting the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).

almasdarnews.com – Two Syrian pilots killed as rebels shoot down jet over eastern Aleppo

Last night, a Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) jet was shot down while carrying out sorties over eastern Aleppo, reports claim.
The Syrian warplane, type ‘Aero L-39 Albatros’, was conducting machine gun raids on Islamist insurgents in support of nearby Syrian infantry advances.

rt.com – UK ‘did not send a gram of flour’ to Aleppo: Moscow refutes criticism over aid for Syria

The UK has not sent even one gram of flour or a single blanket to Aleppo since the Syrian conflict began, the Russian Defense Ministry said responding to a spokeswoman for Downing Street, who said Russia is stopping aid deliveries to the besieged city.
“It seems that the UK government has lost an objective view of what is happening in Syria, including Aleppo, due to Russophobia,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said on Saturday, noting that the UK has not sent “a single gram of flour, any medicine or blankets to help” civilians in Aleppo during the whole Syrian conflict.

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1 dec

almasdarnews.com – Combat footage shows SAA’s operations in Eastern Aleppo

Rebel fighters in the southern Syrian city of Aleppo are losing more ground to the government forces which continue its wide-scale offensive on different axes of the city’s east.

Alexander Mercouris – Syrian army discovers large intact hospital in eastern Aleppo – reports

After months of reports of how the Syrian and Russian militaries have supposedly destroyed the hospitals of eastern Aleppo, the Iranian news agency Fars is reporting – drawing on reports from the Arabic language Al-Hadath news agency.
The Syrian troops who have recently captured 40% of the Al-Qaeda controlled districts of eastern Aleppo have discovered there what seems to be a large, intact and fully equipped hospital.

almasdarnews.com – UN calls on Israel to transfer control of the Golan Heights to Syria

southfront.org – The Stronghold of Deir Ezzor: All What You Need To Know About The Battle Against ISIS In Eastern Syria

US envoy to UN: If Russia vetoes draft resolution on Syria, we’ll apply more pressure

21stcenturywire.com – SYRIA: Child Exploitation: Who is ‘Bana of Aleppo’?

First there was the Gay Girl of Damascus, back in 2011, and now we have @AlabedBana tweeting from Aleppo.
The Bana story all began in September of 2016 when 7 year old Bana began to tweet from eastern Aleppo to share with the world her anxiety about living in a war-torn city. It is perhaps a sad reflection of the world we live in that her arrival on the social media scene provoked a certain amount of scepticism, hilarity even. It seems only fair to endeavour to consider the Bana case objectively.

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30 nov

Syrian Government Forces Are Close to Full Liberation of Aleppo City

A large buildup of pro-government forces took place in southern Aleppo. Hezbollah and Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba deployed a significant number of manpower to the area. This move has once against fueled massive speculations in pro-government media outlets that the Syrian army and its allies are going to advance in the direction of Khan Tuman. However, this move can be hardly expected in the near future.
Now, the Syrian military’s main goal is to develop momentum in eastern Aleppo in order to push militants to surrender and to set a full-control over Aleppo city. Government forces deployed contingent in southern Aleppo to strengthen the pressure on militants in the southern part of eastern Aleppo pocket, tacking advantage on their lack of manpower and military supplies. While Jaish al-Fatah militant coalition will try repel government attacks in southern and northern directions, the Syrian military will likely launch a splitting attack in the direction of Aleppo Citadel, putting the end to the battle for Aleppo city.
Over 800 members of militant groups have laid down arms and surrendered to the Syrian government over last 48 hours.

rt.com – US, UK, France not eager to provide aid for liberated parts of eastern Aleppo – Russia’s MOD

Not a single offer to deliver humanitarian aid to the 90,000 residents living in the neighborhoods of East Aleppo that have been freed from terrorists by the Syrian army has been made by the US, UK, France, or the UN, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

sputniknews.com – Russia Sends Planes With Field Hospitals, Surgeons, Medical Equipment to Syria

almasdarnews.com – Israeli jet carries out airstrike near Damascus

The latest report (not confirmed by Al-Masdar’s military sources) suggests the missiles struck a Hezbollah workshop for vehicles. No casualties reported as mechanics had retired for the night.

Eva Bartlett – Aleppo: How US-Saudi Backed Rebels Target ‘Every Syrian’

In early November, Fares Shehabi, a member of the Syrian parliament from Aleppo, organized a trip to Aleppo for 13 Western journalists, including myself, with security provided by forces in the Syrian Arab Army.
While I had traveled to Aleppo independently as recently as July and August, for many others in the delegation, it was their first visit to the city or their first visit since the war on Syria began in 2011.

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28 nov

almasdarnews.com – Entire northern pocket of rebel-held east Aleppo collapses as government forces advance

District after district have fallen to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), forcing the jihadist rebels to rapidly retreat south in order to avoid being overrun and outflanked by the pressing forces in eastern Aleppo.

With the northern part captured, the Syrian Armed Forces can now turn their attention to the last half of the east Aleppo pocket; this will arguably the most difficult battle they face inside the provincial capital.

rt.com – Syrian govt forces liberate about 40% of east Aleppo from terrorists – Reconciliation Center

Some 3,179 people, including 1,519 children – among them 138 newborn babies – have left Eastern Aleppo through the ‘humanitarian corridors’ set up by Syrian government forces, Russian Reconciliation Center said on Monday.
The statement added that 10 blocks and more than 3,000 buildings have been cleared of Al-Nusra Front militants to the date. The militants have also been pushed out of al-Qadisiyah, a key Aleppo district.

almasdarnews.com – Water crisis in Aleppo ends after Syrian Army captures important water pumping station

For the first time in two years, the residents of Aleppo will have consistent running water after the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) finally expelled the jihadist rebels occupying the Suleiman Al-Halabi Water Pumping Station.

Syrian govt forces liberate ten districts of east Aleppo from rebels

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27 nov

almasdarnews.com – Breaking: Major advance of Syrian Army and allies in Aleppo city

According to Al-Masdar News military correspondent, the Syrian Arab Army and allied forces have completely captured Jabal-Badro district (located directly south from recently liberated Hanano district), Ard Al-Hamra area and Al-Sakhour Bridge.

almasdarnews.com – 600 civilians exit rebel-held Aleppo in one day

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26 nov

almasdarnews.com – Syrian Army fully captures Hanano district in eastern Aleppo

Effectively, Syrian government forces are now just 1500 meters from cutting up rebel-held Aleppo in two pockets, a scenario which would lead to the inevitable demise of Fatah Halab, a coalition of Islamist factions entrenched inside Aleppo city.
Now, following the capture of the imperative ‘police hill’ in southeastern Aleppo yesterday, the SAA’s Tiger Forces will turn their attention to the Sakhour district, Jabal Badro district and Ard al-Hamra axis.
Should the Syrian military seize full control of Aleppo city, it would free up tens of thousands of SAA soldiers to other regions across Syria.

almasdarnews.com – Scores of civilians escape jihadists in east Aleppo

”Over 150 civilians reached our first military post in the Hanano District after the latest Tiger Forces advance today,”

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