In the past month, Aleppo has been a battlefield between Syrian government forces, jihadists, and numerous opposition groups. The September US-Russia ceasefire deal on Syria collapsed after a week, with Syrian troops renewing their offensive, stating that militant ceasefire violations made the cessation of hostilities impossible.


“From the military, strategic perspective we will not be able to isolate al-Nusra [Jabhat Fatah al Sham]. But it would be a springboard to move towards other cities and to liberate them from terrorists. That’s the importance of Aleppo,” Assad told Russia’s Komsomolskaya Pravda daily.