Assad regime to recapture Syria’s second largest city and will reportedly show “no mercy” to rebels or their sympathizers

Sky News Unplugged: The fall of Aleppo? from Sky News

Bashar Al Assad and his allies, Iranian backed militias and Russia, show no sign of letting up on their barrage of rebel-held territory within Syria’s second largest city of Aleppo as the Assad regime seems assured of victory.

Rebels face dire circumstances in the city – flee, face capture, or die fighting. Aid organizations fear that Assad will “cleanse” Aleppo of any rebel forces and their sympathizers. Those granted mercy the regime face exile to a Idlib province, a territory featuring Jabhat al-Nusra, a terrorist group linked to al Qaeda. Idlib is the last region not under Assad’s control and will likely provide temporary shelter as Damascus shifts its focus to eliminating the remainder of rebel forces outside of Aleppo, the presence of a terrorist organization only providing more reason for Damascus and its allies to continue their campaign. Syrian forces captured Aleppo with the aid of Iran-backed militias from Lebanon and Iraq. Russian airpower is rumored to have caused a level of destruction in the city not seen since Bashar al Assad’s father, Hafez al-Assad, and his strike on Hama that killed 20,000.

[The Guardian – Fight for Aleppo is almost over – but a new chapter of misery begins]