In a major turning point in the Syrian civil war with potential powerful political repercussions, the Syrian government recaptured Aleppo. Scoring its biggest victory against opposition forces since the civil war erupted in 2011, the Syrian army said yesterday it has retaken full control of the country’s devastated second city Aleppo. Syrian TV showed uniformed soldiers and civilians shouting slogans in support of President Bashar Assad following the announcement.
Western Aleppo erupted in celebratory gunfire seen on Syrian TV, which showed uniformed soldiers and civilians shouting slogans in support of President Bashar Assad. It represents a momentous victory for President Bashar Assad and a crushing defeat for Syria’s opposition which will struggle to forge a way forward. The ancient city has been divided into rebel and government parts since 2012.
“Thanks to the blood of our heroic martyrs, the heroic deeds and sacrifices of our armed forces and the allied forces, and the steadfastness of our people, the General Command of the Army and the Armed Forces announces the return of security and stability to Aleppo,” said the statement read by an army general.
The statement said the victory in Aleppo is a “strategic transformation and a turning point in the war on terrorism and a deadly blow to the terrorist project and its supporters.”