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Al-Qaeda morale in Aleppo collapses, Western campaign against Russian bombing ends


A flyer dropped by the Syria Air Force over East Aleppo, intimating Islamist fighters surrounded there`to “Exit Now!” the area or face the same fate as their killed commanders pictured in the flyer.

Alexander Mercuris writes in The Duran:

One place where Donald Trump’s election victory has had an immediate effect is in the battlefield around Aleppo.

Reports from the area of the battlefield speak of a total collapse of morale amongst the Al-Qaeda led Jihadi forces which have been attacking the city from the south west, as whatever lingering hopes there were of a Western military intervention following a victory by Hillary Clinton in the US Presidential election have turned to dust.

The result is that the Jihadi forces have been rapidly losing ground in the south western suburbs of Aleppo over the last three days, a fact which has apparently obliged Al-Qaeda to draw on its last reserves in order to rush reinforcements to the front to prevent a total collapse there.

As always the situation is confused, but it seems the Syrian army has now entirely liberated the strategically located 1070 housing complex and the Minyan and Al-Assad districts, and that it is starting to develop an offensive towards the strategically important town of Khan Tuman, which is the base from which the Al-Qaeda led Jihadis launch their attacks on south west Aleppo.

Importantly these Syrian army advances are taking place despite the continued absence of Russian bombing in the area of Aleppo.

In the meantime there are reports that the Russian fleet which includes the carrier Admiral Kuznetsov and the nuclear powered missile battlecruiser Pyotr Veliky has moved closer to the Syrian coast.

There have even been scattered reports that some of the Kuznetsov’s aircraft have been spotted flying over Syria on what appear to be reconnaissance missions.

There are also reports that the Russian fleet is preparing to launch heavy cruise missile strikes against the Jihadis forces concentrated in south west Aleppo, and that these will happen within the next few hours.

Reports that such attacks were imminent have in fact been circulating for around a week.

It appears the Russian fleet has taken longer to deploy to the Syrian coast than was expected despite being present in the eastern Mediterranean for several days.

Even allowing for a possible political decision by the Russian leadership to delay the attack until after the US Presidential election, it is still not clear why there has been a further delay given that the election took place several days ago.

Possibly there have been technical problems, though there are no reports of any problems with Kuznetsov’s engines.   Alternatively, the Russians might have felt the need to take additional security precautions after the strange incident several days ago involving the Dutch submarine.

It does however seem that an attack on the Jihadis attacking Aleppo from the Russian fleet in the eastern Mediterranean is indeed now about to happen, and that this attack may now be only hours away.

Regardless of when the attack happens, the key point is that following Trump’s election any idea of the West intervening directly in the fighting in Aleppo is now finally and conclusively dead.

Already the West’s media campaign against the Russian bombing of the Jihadi districts of eastern Aleppo, which was dominating the news just a few weeks ago, seems like an age away, whilst the demands for Russia to be further sanctioned or prosecuted for war crimes because of its actions in Syria have been quietly dropped.

Related: Following Trump’s victory, a shell-shocked US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter lamely blames Russia for failing to do her part in removing Assad from power.


  1. BigB says

    The game is up in Aleppo – but I’m afraid a new game is afoot in Raqqa. It seems that in the current absence of direction from Washington (has there been anyone in the White House this last 8yrs – I didn’t notice?) the CIA/Pentagon are using the interregnum to found a new capital for the caliphate – supplied by a ratline direct from Mosul.
    Al Nusra may soon be toast (good riddance) – but it looks like support is being switched another ‘moderate’ rebel alliance – the Syrian Defence Force.
    Sorry, but this is a long way from over.

  2. Alan says

    Rather too speculative to warrant a comment.

  3. it wasn’t that the West would not longer ‘intervene’ in Al, that bothered them.. it’s the fact that the West were directly controlling and arming them, and.. has now probably done a 180.. that leaves the with zero motive to continue, except if they are foreigners who will get zapped anyway. Why can’t these articles rise above the fake nooz?

  4. Encouraging news from Syria. I’m very much hoping to hear something equally encouraging from Ukraine – such as a negative response from Trump to Nadya Savchenko’s 8 November letter asking him to give ‘diplomatic, technical and military support” to Ukraine and to apply “the most drastic actions of US politics” (??) to secure the release of what she claims is the “great number of Ukrainian hostages illegally detained in Russian prisons [who are] subjected to torture by the Russian Federation”.
    Since it was the US government that installed the present illegitimate Ukrainian government, it should be possible for the new US government to replace it, remove all the weapons and soldiers (and foreign military advisers) from the contact line and recognise Donetsk and Luhansk as independent self-governing entities. Unfortunately, I don’t reckon the chances of that happening as better than 50:50.

  5. Kathleen Lowrey says

    It’s Russia’s fault, still. You have to get out ahead of the collapse of your narrative to make the next narrative which will last long enough, hopefully, to get you out the service entrance with most of your luggage before anybody notices.

    • Laguerre says

      It’s Russia’s fault, still.

      What is Russia’s fault? That they defend a recognised government? That is bizarre. Asad may not be good, but a lot better for the Syrians than the Jihadis in power. Suggest that the jihadis should be in power in Damascus is simply crazy.

      • Quizzical says

        I think and hope Kathleen was being sarcastic.

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