An over-crowded graveyard is pictured in the rebel held al-Shaar neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria October 6, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail
Samia Nakhoul, Reuters: Aleppo will eventually fall, but Syrian war will go on
It may take weeks or months, but Aleppo is likely to fall to Syrian government forces backed by Russian air power and the most lethal bombardment in nearly six years of war.
Capturing the strategically important city, an economic and trading centre which is key to controlling Syria's northwest, would be an important military triumph for President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian and Iranian allies.
It would be a crippling setback for the Western-backed Syrian rebels who, without quick reinforcements from their foreign backers, look set to be bombed out of their stronghold.
But the fall of Aleppo will not mean an end to the war, military and political analysts say.
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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- October 6, 2016
Aleppo May Be 'Totally Destroyed' in Two Months -- Yasmeen Serhan, The Atlantic
Syria: Do people really care? -- James Denselow, Al Jazeera
Don’t Intervene in Syria -- Steven Storm and Jonathan Stevenson, NYT
Is America About to go to War in Syria? -- Daniel R. DePetris, National Interest
Collapse of diplomacy in Syria forces US to consider new options -- Howard LaFranchi, CSM
Obama Has No Plan to Save Aleppo From Putin and Assad -- Nancy Youssef, Daily Beast
The new power couple: Russia and Iran in the Middle East -- Ellie Geranmayeh & Kadri Liik, Council on Foreign Relations
Afghanistan 15 Years On: Obama’s Sorriest Legacy -- Mark Perry, Politico
Ashraf Ghani's gamble with 'butcher of Kabul' -- Najib Sharifi, Al Jazeera
What Actually Happened in Kashmir? -- Samantha Subramanian, The Atlantic
It’s not only Britain trying to re-divide Europe -- John Lloyd, Reuters
Where do the presidential candidates stand on the Islamic State? -- AP
Is anyone worried about America's $19 trillion debt? -- Heather Long, CNN
The Climate Implications of Electricity for All -- Spiegel Online
Nobel Peace Prize: Who will win? -- Kate Brady, DW