The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies have secured the entire northern and northwestern outskirts of Aleppo’s city center.
Pro-governments sources said late on February 16 that the army and its allies are now combing the newlly-liberated areas. The army imposed control of several key towns there like Anadan, Haritan, Kafr Hamra, Yaqiz al-Adas and Kafr Bassin.
The few remaining militants in northern and northwestern Aleppo are now fleeing the region to the nearby governorate of Idlib.
In the morning, al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and Turkish-backed factions launched a large-scale counter-attack against the SAA in western Aleppo in a last ditch effort to hold onto the region. However, the attack was repelled with the militants sustaining catastrophic losses.
The failure of the attack has apparently led to a state of chaos within the militants. This resulted in a full collapse once the army began advancing from several directions.
A major celebration is now taking place in Aleppo city. The locals, who have been targeted by rockets and mortars from the city’s northern and northwestern outskirts for years, are taking to the streets to cheer for the Syrian military and its allies.
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