>> Years of fighting in Aleppo over if the truce reached on Tuesday holds. Syria's most bitter battle over the city that has become an emblem of the civil war halted with a deal to let the rebels flee to the nearby country side. Thousands of civilians trapped with them will also be allowed to leave.
It follows a rapid advance by the Syrian Army in the last couple of weeks that drove opposition fighters into a pocket of the city. It was once divided between the two sides. Russian and allied militia backing was decisive. An opposition surrender or withdrawal would end the rebellion in Syria's second city, as well as any meaningful urban presence for the opposition pushing them into a few rural areas.
It would also deliver President Bashar Al-Assad, his biggest battle field victory.>>