Saidia – BBC Arabic reports today that sources close to the Syrian ministry of defense told them that some 50,000 regular army soldiers were killed since the beginning of the Syrian unrest.
President Assad’s government has been relying on its military capabilities to fight back rebels trying to oust President Assad, and after nearly 2 years and a half, 95000 killed and nearly 3 Million refugee scattered in neighboring countries. The Syrian Arab Army is to say the least weakened by the ongoing conflict and sources tell BBC Arabic that 50,000 soldiers and militiamen were killed between 2011 and 2013 (to date) while 200 tanks and 440 other heavy weaponry destroyed, damaged or lost.
Even with 50,000 killed, the armed forces of Syria are believed to number to as much as 250,000 soldier and reports suggest that out of that number over 120,000 are hardcore loyalists to Assad. On top of the regular army, Assad’s government relies on militias and armed brigades loyal to Assad numbering to as much as 130,000 fighter. All of this without mentioning Hezbollah’s current 15,000 elite fighters stationed and participating in Syria as well as Iranian revolutionary guards and Iraqi fighters sympathetic to Assad (reports).