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Aleppo loss to spell end for Syria rebellion's dreams

A Syrian boy leave a rebel-held area of Aleppo towards the government-held side on December 13, 2016Syria’s rebels once dreamed of overthrowing President Bashar al-Assad’s government and taking control of the country, but with the imminent loss of Aleppo they now face the prospect of total defeat. It “means the end of Syria’s opposition as a force that can plausibly challenge the Assad regime or control a country”, said Sam Heller, a fellow at The Century Foundation think tank. When rebels stormed Aleppo in 2012, a year after the uprising against Assad began with anti-government protests, the opposition believed it was on the verge of overthrowing his regime.

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