"The Syrian army’s Tiger Forces, Liwa al-Quds, the National Defense Forces, Hezbollah and other pro-government formations have been continuing advance against al-Qaeda linked militants (Jaish al-Fatah/Fatah Haleb) in the Syrian city of Aleppo.
Government forces are developing the offensive in the areas of Zebdiyah and Bostan al Qasr.
There are also reports that Liwa al-Quds and Hezbollah have made significant gains in Sheikh Saeed. But they have to be confirmed.
All “ceasefire proposals” sent by militants yesterday were reportedly rejected." South Front
If you look at today's map you will see that this is the "concentric attack" that I forecast for the developing offensive once the citadel area had been reached and cleared. The jihadi controlled pocket is shrinking by the hour. The rebel position is quite hopeless and many of them have either fled or are trying to disappear into the civilian population of the pocket.
I am informed that the US and Turkish side in negotiations with the Russians and Syria over the details of some jihadi surrenders in Aleppo have now hardened their position and are effectively arguing for surrenders on "terms," i.e., evacuation to Idlib without disarming and without any screening of people surrendering. The import of these "terms" would be an ability to create a propaganda message that the rebels were not really defeated, and that they agreed to evacuation to save "the people" from further suffering. The Russians and the Syrian government have declined to grant such terms.
If this difficulty persists, there is every reason to think that in the words of the Russian MoD, the pocketed jihadis will be "eliminated."
IMO the Center of Gravity of the non-IS rebellion is now in Idlib Province with its open passageway to Turkey at Bab al-Hawa. IMO a major diversion of available R+6 forces to al-Bab or Deir al-Zor would be an "unforced error."
IMO Russia will press Turkey not to advance further into Syria and Erdogan's need for Russian sponsorship in a re-alignment of economic blocs will make that pressure effective. pl