rrender or die, the only choice left for Aleppo's rebels, say senior Army officials, predicting on Monday the battle is nearly done. Two more districts falling to the Army in the early hours. Nonstop bombardment raining fire on the rebel enclave, now just a pocket also packed with civilians.
The rebels have received a US and Russian backed proposal for safe passage out, Reuters has learned, that would end four years of fighting in Syria's second city. But there's no deal yet.>>
> Bashar al-Assad praying on the Prophet Mohammed's birthday over the weekend. The greatest prize of the nearly six-year conflict, Aleppo's fall seems within his grasp.
Not all the Syrian president's prayers have been answered though. Swaths of rural Syria remain in rebel hands. And on Sunday, Islamic State retook the ancient desert city of Palmyra, where it had previously wreaked destruction. An embarrassing setback after the Army heralded its victory there in March. Palmyra, like Aleppo, a symbol of serious devastating war.