Update: Aleppo City was officially liberated on December 21, 2016. 4 days, 5 months, and 3 days after rebels first seized the eastern half of the city, the last green buses rebels negotiated for their department have left. The wider conflict for Aleppo governate will continue. ISIS and Al-Qaeda and Co still control territory to the east and west of the major city and the SAA will have to bolster defenses on the permit to ensure rebels have no path to retaking border territory or landing bombs on civilian populations now reintegrating into a unified Aleppo.
Update: As of Nov 28 the SAA has captured Sakhour and all territory north of it in northeast Aleppo. 12 districts or nearly 50% of rebel East Aleppo is now under Syrian government control. An estimated ten thousand civilians in formerly rebel territory have fled to West Aleppo and are again under the protection of the government. Advances are being made in southeast Aleppo against the remaining rebel positions
The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and allied forces have recaptured much of the northern districts in rebel-held East Aleppo as of Sunday, Nov 27. After a fierce offensive to liberate the Hanano housing complex on Nov 26, rebel groups in the northern sector of East Aleppo were forced to retreat into the southern sector through Sakhour, the last rebel-held neighborhood connecting the two.
The SAA continued to advance on all fronts, simultaneously reaching agreements with some rebel groups that allowed them to retreat south. It is expected that soon all of Sakhour and rebel territory north of it will be under the control of the Syrian government.
The remaining rebels operating in East Aleppo will be forced to fight on or negotiate their exit from the city that was once Syria’s commercial hub. The end of the campaign in Aleppo will free up hundreds of thousands of Syrian and allied soldiers for new offensives against terrorist forces.