Syria

Syria: President Assad Predicts Total Victory

A continued advance follows the consolidation of control over Aleppo.

Syrian President Bashar Assad said he will press ahead with a military campaign after consolidating control over Aleppo province, pledging complete victory "sooner or later".

In a televised statement from Aleppo, he congratulated his forces over recent gains in northeastern Syria and said the provincial capital will "return stronger than it was before".

Mr Assad said new gains, including a key highway network, rubbed opposition "noses in the dirt" as a "prelude for complete victory".

Syria’s military said yesterday its troops had regained control of north-western territories in "record time", after taking hold over Aleppo.

The announcement followed the capture of more than 30 villages and hamlets in the western countryside of the province.

"This liberation does not mean the end of the war, and does not mean the end of the schemes nor the end of terrorism or the surrender of enemies," Mr Assad said.

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad during a meeting with Russia's President Vladimir Putin 070120 CREDIT PA.jpg
President Assad, who rarely appears in public, said an advance will continue (Picutre: PA).

For years, Aleppo had been within range of mortar fire from the rebels, but state TV reports suggest their barriers and roadblock have today been removed by the government troops.

The armed opposition was driven out of the city’s eastern quarters in late 2016, which they had controlled for years while battling government forces in charge in the western section.

However, rebel groups continued to target government forces from outside the city with mortar rounds.

The rural territories lost in western Aleppo are linked to the last remaining opposition stronghold, Idlib.

The military said total control of dozens of villages was taken with high efficiency and in record time. 

The military now says it will eliminate any remaining insurgents throughout the Middle Eastern country - labeling them terrorists. 

The new advances, along with securing a key road that ran through rebel territory, are set to facilitate movement between northern and southern Syria, including the city of Aleppo, the country's commercial centre before the war.

An opposition media platform said the advances cut the rebels’ supply line, effectively driving them out of the area.

The offensive, launched in December, has targetted the rebel enclave, displacing over 900,000 of the three million living there.

Since December, Syrian troops have been on the offensive, biting bit by bit at the crowded rebel enclave, home to more than three million people.

The offensive displaced more than 900,000 people.