Assad, allies aim to seize all Aleppo before Trump takes power: official. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Relief in Aleppo for scores of citizens. Amateur video, which cannot be independently verified by Reuters, shows people crowding the streets -- hoping to get out anyway they can. Some board buses -- they are among the 20,00 people the Red Cross has said that have fled Aleppo since Sunday. A senior official in the pro-Damascus military alliance says Syria and its allies aim to drive rebels from Aleppo before Donald Trump takes office in January. Rebels face one of their gravest moments of the war after pro-government forces routed fighters over the past few days from more than a third of the territory they controlled in the city. The attack on eastern Aleppo threatens to snuff out the most important urban center of the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad -- who has been firmly on the offensive for more than a year thanks to Russian and Iranian military support. Capturing rebel-held eastern Aleppo would be the biggest victory to date for Assad -- in the conflict that has killed hundreds of thousands of people since it arose out of protests against his rule nearly six years ago.