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Assad Says Aleppo Must Be ‘Cleaned’ As Siege of City Continues

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said that Aleppo needs to be cleaned of “terrorists” in order to capture the city and use it as a springboard to capture other areas of the country and secure victory in the five-year-long conflict. In a rare interview with Russia’s Komsomolskaya Pravda, Assad said that the capture of the city, where some 250,000 people remain in the rebel-held east, would be vital to winning the protracted battle against his opponents.
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