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Nothing much would change in Syria after the fall of Aleppo
As the Aleppo falls back to Syrian army and the death and destruction that followed, one would be justified to conclude that the oil rich Middle East is the worse place to live in and survive. One of the bloodiest battle and civil war is raging there.

The Western sources with vested interest claim that there has been "a complete meltdown of humanity in Aleppo". The Syrian army has captured Aleppo from rebel fighters on Tuesday and crippled opposition forces have agreed to withdraw in a ceasefire. It is definitely a victory for President Bashar al-Assad along with his military backers: Iran and Russia.

Teresa Sancristoval, the head of the Medecins sans frontieres emergency unit for Aleppo has issued an appeal - "We remind all sides that even war has rules. It is paramount that all parties allow people to flee to safety, allow the evacuation of sick and wounded, and facilitate the provision of protection and humanitarian assistance to those that are caught on the front lines."

On contrary, if one watches the Russian TV, it seems all is normal there. The citizens of Aleppo are delighted and welcoming the winning Syrian army of Assad. Life is returning back to normal.

It was only last year when the Syrian army had stretched too far and the opposition forces seemed winning. The overthrow of Prez Assad looked imminent. However, the involvement of Russia has changed all equations and situation. The Western and Middle Eastern backers of opposition lost the game. The opposition of Assad is fading fast. The fall of Aleppo is a massive moral boost for anti-West and anti-Saudi blocks.

However, it is also the new reality that henceforth Assad has to rely heavily on Russian air strikes as well as fighters from the Iranian-backed Hezbollah, Iraq and Afghanistan to rule the battered country.

In a recent interview, the Syrian President indicated realistically - "Let's be realistic. It won't mean the end of the war in Syria."

ISIS and its backer are not yet ready to give a signal to Assad that coast is clear. ISIS has increased its efforts to regain the control of the city of Palmyra in Syria. It was after a gap of nine months when ISIS was driven out by Russian-backed government forces.

The region of Palmyra is a UNESCO world heritage site containing monumental ruins of a great city. ISIS had already destroyed a number of monuments including two 2,000-year-old temples, an arch and funerary towers. The city is considered strategically important by the group because of its proximity to oil fields.

So, to conclude, a political commentator has to act like a DJ to describe the realities on ground as long the interests of Big Powers prevail and clash, and the local war lords keep playing the role of rookies. The fall of Aleppo is not going to bring any peace in this game of Black Gold.

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