As soon as the Russians openly joined the battle for Syria, the Free Syrian Rebels were doomed to fail. No strategy, weapons, intelligence or airpower, game over for now.
Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the UK-based monitor the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said: “It is just a matter of a small period of time until it’s a total collapse.”
The Syrian military claimed to have taken control of 98 per cent of rebel-held east Aleppo early on Monday morning after seizing the large industrial district of Sheikh Saeed.
“They [the rebels] don’t have much time. They either have to surrender or die,” Lieutenant General Zaid al-Saleh, head of the government’s Aleppo security committee, told reporters, adding that he expected the battle to end quickly.