In late October insurgents outside the Aleppo city pocket made what now seems a final desperate attempt to break the siege. The offensive caused a great deal of damage, saw the insurgents take a high number of casualties and kill many civilians and achieved no territorial gains at all.
After the offensive the insurgents hold considerably less territory than before it started.
The encirclement and impending loss in Aleppo have inspired a welter of hysteria and an avalanche of propaganda from the Western media.
This has brought us many wonders in the field of lies but it is hard to surpass the fake twitter account with a seven year old girl calling for World War 3 . There should be an award for lie of the year, and that should be a contender.
Although to be fair, the widespread pretense that the more than one and a half million occupants of Government held Western Aleppo city do not exist and are not being killed and wounded in large numbers by the indiscriminate shelling of the insurgents was also an impressive and audacious lie (of omission as opposed to commission) propagated almost across the board by our wonderful media.
“At least 74 civilians, including 25 children, were killed in the 8-day-old offensive launched by Syrian opposition fighters against the western edge of the government-held part of Aleppo city.” (Source)
The fighters inside the pocket are incapable of any meaningful offensive operations and the fighters outside the pocket cannot break the siege despite throwing absolutely every possible resource towards the task over several months.
All insurgent attempts to break the siege of the eastern Aleppo pocket having failed, the insurgents are going to have to accept defeat in the Battle of Aleppo in the coming days and weeks.
There will be no total victory in the conventional sense, the Syrian army and their allies are not going to seize east Aleppo by force or kill every insurgent in the pocket, rather they are going to force the insurgents to accept a deal that will see them relocated by the government to insurgent held Idlib. Identical deals previously saw insurgents evacuated from Homs city, Daraya and in recent days the town of Khan al Shih in the Western Ghouta area of the Damascus countryside and their departure from Aleppo will end any meaningful insurgent presence in Syria’s major cities and with it any hope of regime change in Syria.