Assad confident as rebels lose more ground in Aleppo

Syrian pro-government soldiers patrol the Uwaija neighborhood as they advance in Aleppo's rebel-held areasPresident Bashar al-Assad said a victory for his army in Aleppo would be a “huge step” towards ending the country’s five-year civil war, as rebels in Syria’s second city lost more ground. In an interview with Syrian daily Al-Watan, published Thursday, Assad said defeating the beleaguered rebels in Aleppo would not put an end to Syria’s conflict. “It’s true that Aleppo will be a win for us, but let’s be realistic — it won’t mean the end of the war in Syria,” Assad said.

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