- Haid: Even if Assad is able to control Syria militarily, after a long struggle, the regime will still not be able to efficiently run the country
- Despite the significance of Aleppo, the fate of the city alone is not a decisive factor in the Syrian conflict
Haid Haid is a Syrian columnist and researcher focusing on security and conflict resolution. He is an associate fellow at Chatham House, working on the Middle East and North Africa Programme. The opinions in this article belong to the author. This article has been updated from a previous version to reflect Syrian forces' retaking Aleppo.
(CNN)Syrian government forces say they have retaken control of the rest of Aleppo, but there is no military solution to the conflict in Syria. Only a widely accepted political settlement can end the fighting and stitch the country back together.