In a second attempt after one year to retake Syria’s second largest city from rebels, the forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad are tightening the vice on Aleppo, but leaving a path to the exit, a ranking Turkish military source told the Hürriyet Daily News on Nov. 19.

“We are observing the situation in Aleppo closely,” said the military source who asked not to be named. “It is clear that the regime forces have left an exit path of nearly 5 kilometers in width in the northwestern part of the city.”

The main road in and out of Aleppo toward the Turkish border city of Kilis, only 60 kilometers away, passes through this northwestern part of the city. “It seems like al-Assad is trying to push those left in the town toward Turkey, which increases our worries about another wave of migration from Syria,” the source said. […]