Restoring full control over Aleppo, Syria’s most populous city before the war, has been seen as critical to the fortunes of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in a multi-sided civil war now in its sixth year.
Insurgents who have held the eastern part of the city since the early days of the war have now lost most of their besieged enclave to a government assault.
Famous for textiles, soap and its UNESCO-listed citadel, Aleppo was Syria’s economic hub and of huge historic and cultural importance.
Below is a timeline of the key events in the battle for control of the city:
(Text from Reuters)