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    A Civil Defence member stands as a front loader removes debris after an air strike Sunday in the rebel-held besieged al-Qaterji neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria October 17, 2016.

    Taking Over Aleppo by Gov't Forces May Lead to Guerrilla War in Syria

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    The war in Syria will not end by taking over of Aleppo by government forces, as such scenario may lead to a guerrilla war triggered by the opposition and supported by a number of states, UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said Wednesday.

    GENEVA (Sputnik) — "This war will not end up and it will not be won after taking over Aleppo [by government forces]. A phase of war may end, Aleppo may collapse and it will leave thousands of people killed and 150,000 refugees. Though, afterwards, the guerrilla war is likely to start, and it will be a very bad war. Those states sponsoring the opposition and many Syrians will continue fighting. This is an awful perspective and scenario for everyone, including [Syrian President Bashar] Assad and those, who support him," de Mistura told Svenska Dagbladet newspaper in an interview.

    In de Mistura's opinion, both the regime and Damascus and Russia do not seek for a long-term guerrilla conflict.

    Earlier in the day, the Russian Defense Ministry extended for three more hours the previously announced humanitarian pause in Aleppo, which would start from 08:00 local time (05:00 GMT) on October 20 and run through 19:00 local time.

    Aleppo has been engulfed in a heavy fighting since the government forces began a major offensive on the rebel-held eastern districts of the city following the collapse of the ceasefire brokered by Russia and the United States in early September.

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    • Andrew J
      It may also (more than likely) lead to peace but of course this was not mentioned. This is a misleading article.
    • Hermesin reply toAndrew J(Show commentHide comment)
      Andrew J,
      because it quotes a professional liar.
    • ali
      there is the thing here that US wants to save terrorist and group them up in Aleppo for reinforcing them for another fight.
    • ali
      this is how it's going to happen: All commanders of Terrorist got the order from US to shift to Aleppo from IRAQ due to their political interests in IRAQ that they wanted to deploy their forces. so they want to save Terrorist in Syria for another regrouping them together all groups in Aleppo. i think they might have warned that they'll attack Syria directly if Syrians and Russians doesn't stop fighting terrorists that would lead to direct confrontation between US and Russia, that is what Russians and US doesn't want to lead to. as i think backing Syrian forces from their places was not a good choice to do. they've provided terrorist two corridors to leave Aleppo. terrorist are trying to rearming themselves using those provided corridors and all Commanders of ISIS and terrorist in IRAQ will come to Aleppo that what they wanted to happen which is not good for Syrians and Russians.
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