Syrian Army spokesman Brigadier General Samir Suleiman announced that the military regained control of 45 to 50 percent of east Aleppo, as government forces continue to advance in the besieged city. On Saturday, the Syrian Army General Command called on residents in the eastern districts of Aleppo to return to their homes after it restores security and stability, and as public institutions and utilities go back to normal. Local sources told RIA Novosti that work was underway in liberated districts to restore utility services, including water and electricity.
Charles Krauthammer, a political columnist for the Washington Post, commented on the success in Syria:
It’s a vivid example of the end of the Western dominance on the international arena. The USA, which was dominant in the world since the end of communism and the collapse of the USSR, is in retreat. Western-backed resistance to President Assad is on the brink of annihilation. Amongst other indications of the end of the Western triumph is the growing opposition to the American-led anti-Russian sanctions within Europe. As Europe tires of the sanctions imposed on Russia, President Obama’s much-touted “isolation” of Russia has ignominiously dissolved, as our Secretary of State repeatedly goes cap in hand to Russia to beg for mercy in Syria. Besides, the USA’s “pivot to Asia” turned into an abject failure. The West is turning inward and going home, leaving the field to the rising authoritarians… Russia, China, and Iran. The West’s retreat began with Obama, as he’s always felt the USA wasn’t good enough for the world, too flawed to have earned the moral right to be the world hegemon. This process will continue under Donald Trump, however for entirely different reasons. Trump would follow suit, disdaining allies, and avoiding conflict; because the world isn’t good enough for us… undeserving, ungrateful, parasitic foreigners are living safely under our protection and off our sacrifices. Time to look after our own American interests.
Meanwhile, in an interview with RIA Novosti, Sergei Demidenko, Middle East expert at the Institute of Social Sciences of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration also commented on the success of the Syrian army in Aleppo:
Still, I warn against connecting it with any external political developments. Russia pursues its own purposes in Syria, which have nothing to do with the political changes in the USA and the change of the administration. Aleppo’s liberation will prove the efficiency of Russia’s military presence in Syria. The faster it is, the better. However, there’s no use connecting the intensity of Syrian military operations with any momentary developments in foreign politics. Don’t connect Russia’s military operations in Syria with the upcoming inauguration of Donald Trump, as Moscow has definite plans for its activity in Syria. The retaking of Aleppo will demonstrate the Russian-Syrian-Iranian alliance’s capabilities and the strength of the Russian Aerospace Forces.
4 December 2016