End game in Aleppo

The Syrian army’s advance in Aleppo slowed Thursday but a victory was still firmly in sight after President Assad vowed that retaking the city would change the course of the war. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

(Reuters) – The Syrian army releases video of the battle for Aleppo.

While the army’s advance has slowed in the past 10 days, forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have captured large parts of the rebel stronghold in the east.

Assad has said retaking Aleppo would change the course of the six-year civil war in his favor.

Hundreds of thousands are civilians are reportedly still trapped in the east.

Aleppo is clouded by war.

The UN’s Syria humanitarian adviser says five months of negotiations over aid plans have produced “nothing”,

A local politician warned that 150,000 people there faced “extermination”.

The UN says the U.S. and Russia must broker a plan to facilitate the evacuation of civilians.

Secretary of State John Kerry said he was “hopeful” after a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Hamburg.

He said they are talking about a plan that would allow Syrian rebels to safely leave Aleppo.

Now, weekend meetings are scheduled in Paris for backers of Assad’s opponents — few diplomats expect anything concrete to be achieved.