Thu Dec 22, 2016 8:33AM
Foreign-backed militants from  the embattled city of Aleppo arrive in the militant-controlled Khan al-Assal region, west of the city, on December 16, 2016. (Photo by AFP)
Foreign-backed militants from the embattled city of Aleppo arrive in the militant-controlled Khan al-Assal region, west of the city, on December 16, 2016. (Photo by AFP)
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The victory in Aleppo is the Syrian government’s biggest victory in the war to date. And it’s also a victory for Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah.

Damascus now controls most of the major population centers, with only Idlib in the north and Dayr al-Zawr in the east remaining to be taken. Victory in Aleppo means that the almost-six-year attempt to topple the government of Bashar al-Assad has failed and will not succeed.

As for the militant groups, most of which are aligned with al-Qaeda, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, or the West, they’re firmly on the back foot now and are facing complete defeat. However, it’s hard to foresee their total annihilation as long as their foreign backers continue to supply them.

If Western liberals support what they call the “rebels” so much, they should go and live in Idlib or Dayr al-Zawr. Let’s see how long they last there before they get their heads chopped off. This is just double standards — they have a zero-tolerance attitude toward terrorism in their home countries but support it wholeheartedly when it’s inflicted on the rest of the world.