Syrian Forces Capture Strategic Eastern Aleppo Area
by Stephen Lendman
According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), government and allied forces "established full control over Masaken Hanano and the area surrounding it in (eastern) Aleppo."
Capturing it is key to Aleppo's liberation, perhaps before yearend or early January - pockets of US-supported terrorists increasingly isolated and surrounded, their supply lines largely cut off.
Controlling Aleppo entirely and its surrounding areas is key to Syria's eventual liberation. Reports indicate Syrian and allied advances against terrorists' positions enabled hundreds of eastern Aleppo residents held captive as human shields to escape to government controlled parts of the city.
On Sunday, Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan said Russia may once again use its Hamadan-based Noje airbase "(i)f the situation and conditions under which it is necessary to provide support require this."
It was last used short-term in mid-August. At the time, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman General Igor Konashenkov said further use would depend on conditions warranting it, based on mutual agreement between Tehran and Moscow.
In a Sunday press release, UNICEF said "(a)s violence continues to escalate across Syria, the number of children living under siege has doubled in less than one year."
"Nearly 500,000 children now live in 16 besieged areas across the country, almost completely cut off from sustained humanitarian aid and basic services."
The UN agency failed to lay blame where it belongs - holding years of US aggression against nonbelligerent Syria accountable for catastrophic conditions.
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