Monday, July 06, 2015
Syrian army 150k half earlier size
...More than 80,000 soldiers and other pro-regime fighters have been killed in the four-year conflict, out of a total of roughly 230,000 dead, says the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitoring group.
In addition to this, many Syrians – even those who support the regime – have been reluctant to show up for mandatory two-year military service, with up to 70,000 failing to enlist, the Observatory says.
The combination of casualties, defections, and draft-dodging has seen the country’s 300,000-strong military halved in size since the conflict began in March 2011....