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Topic - Syrian Army
The Syrian Army, officially called the Syrian Arab Army, is the ground defence force of Syria; it is the dominant military service in the country, controlling the seniormost posts in the armed forces, and has the most manpower, approximately 80 percent of the combined services. In 2010 army regulars were estimated at 220,000, with an additional 300,000 in reserve. The army had eleven divisional units. The major development in force organization was establishment of an additional divisional framework based on the special forces and the organization of ground formations into three corps. The army's active manpower served in three all-arms army corps, eight armored divisions (with one independent armored brigade), three mechanized divisions, one Republican Guard division, a special forces division and ten independent airborne-special forces regiments. - Source: Wikipedia
Some of the U.S. weapons flowing to rebels in Syria are bound to fall into the hands of Islamic extremists, say analysts and a retired Army general just back from touring the country.
President Vladimir Putin says that Russia has strong grounds to believe that Syrian rebels were responsible for the country's chemical attack.
The U.S.-Russia agreement to dismantle Syria's chemical weapons is reigniting a controversy over the 2003 covert operation by Russian special operations forces to remove Iraqi weapons — including chemical arms — and move them to Syria and Lebanon prior to the Iraq War.
Divisions of elite Syrian troops led by President Bashar Assad's brother were likely responsible for the suspected chemical weapons attack in a Damascus suburb last week that killed more than 1,400 people, according to Syrian opposition activists.
The Syrian opposition coalition favored by the U.S. and its allies is in no position to fill a political vacuum that could be created if an anticipated U.S.-led military strike hastens the downfall of President Bashar Assad.
The Assad dynasty significantly militarized Syria over the past few decades, thus providing the Obama administration a rich list of targets should it order punitive airstrikes against the regime.
The Syrian opposition isn't fighting just a brutal Iranian-backed regime accused of killing civilians with chemical weapons; it's also battling within itself.
Syria’s top rebel commander warns the losses his forces are suffering will become insurmontable in “weeks not months” if the West does not help reinforce his army in its fight against Syrian government loyalists and trained Iranian-backed Hezbollah fighters.
Shortly after Israeli warplanes struck inside Syria to take out Iranian missiles intended for Hezbollah, Iranian Defense Minister Gen. Ahmad Vahidi said, "The attack carried out by the Zionist regime will shorten this fake regime's life."
Syrian opposition leaders are accusing President Obama of emboldening the embattled Syrian regime by backing away from his "red line" on the use of chemical weapons in the 2-year-old war against President Bashar Assad.
The leader of the Lebanese Hezbollah movement on Tuesday publicly acknowledged for the first time that fighters from the group were aiding the Syrian regime in its bloody war with armed rebel groups.
A powerful bomb ripped through a bustling commercial district of Damascus on Tuesday, killing at least 14 people, shattering store fronts and bringing Syria's civil war to the heart of the capital for the second consecutive day.
Israel's army said it fired a guided missile into Syria on Sunday, destroying a military post after gunfire flew across the border and struck an Israeli vehicle.
A high-ranking general in the Syrian army says he has defected with the help of rebel fighters. Maj. Gen. Mohammed Ezz al-Din Khalouf said in an interview Saturday with Al-Arabiya TV that he had left the regime and that morale inside the armed forces was bad.
Syrian army officials say troops have regained control of several villages along a strategic highway near the embattled northern city of Aleppo.