Now the city lies in ruins. Its population has decreased to 300,000-350,000. Its economy and infrastructure have been destroyed.
The Syrian government wants to restore control over Aleppo not because of its economic or human resources, but this victory would turn the tide of the Syrian war and change the situation in the entire region, an article in the Russian online newspaper Vzglyad read.
When the war in Syria broke out, opposition forces planned to take control over Aleppo and Idlib to establish a belt for further advances on Damascus. In addition, control over such a large city allowed independent "governments" to be established. They received support from foreign backers and continued the fight against President Bashar Assad.
Currently, the largest and the most capable jihadists and moderate forces are concentrated in Aleppo. It is entrapped by the Syrian Army.
If they are defeated this may not end the war but will definitely change the situation for the benefit of Damascus.
"In fact, the defeat of the terrorists in Aleppo is inevitable. The West and its allies suddenly realized this fact. As a result, they intensified political and military efforts to save the entrapped militant group," the article read.
If the Syrian Army restores control over Aleppo, this will open the way to Idlib, which currently is the center and the headquarters of Syrian militants.
Finally, the liberation of Aleppo will also be a psychological victory for the Syrian government. In 2015, the Syrian Army failed several attempts to break the enemy front in Hama and Homs. Advances of Syrian government forces stalled after the liberation of Palmyra. The victory in Aleppo would be a signal to the entire world that Assad controls the situation.
"The liberation of Aleppo will ruin the Western strategy aimed to topple Assad. This is what provoked the diplomatic hysteria and media buzz in the West in the recent days. The battle of Aleppo is the key battle not only in the Syrian war but also in the standoff in the Middle East, including major global players," the article read.