>> The destruction of Aleppo has played out for years, civilians have been killed forced from their homes or left trapped, besieged and destitute inside the city. But now after the most intense bombardment in almost six years Syrian government troops, backed by Russian air power, are steadily crushing the rebel-held part of the city and they may take it, unless the rebels get some outside help.
I'm Angus McDowell, reporting for Reuters from Beirut. The eastern sector of Aleppo home to about a quarter of a million people is the last major urban stronghold still in rebel hands. And as such it's fall to President Bashar Al-Assad and the forces that back him would constitute a crippling blow to the insurgency.
But in a war long marks by intense outside involvement and by the constant capture and recapture, the fall and take of areas. There's no guarantee that the fall of Aleppo to the government would mean an ending of the war. What some analysts say, in fact, is that even if the government and the forces that back it manage to overrun Aleppo to regain control over large sections of the country.
What they may then face instead is a new kind of insurgency. Guerrilla warfare wage inside the areas that they believe they control and which maybe just as difficult to stand out.>>