Skip to comments.Syria Army's Weakness Exacerbated by Draft Dodgers
Posted on 06/06/2015 11:05:27 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Soon after the military police came looking for the 25-year-old computer engineer at his family's home, he fled Syria.
He bribed a security officer to briefly remove his name from the list of men wanted for mandatory military service and paid a taxi driver $1,000 to drive him across the border into Lebanon.
Like many young men living in government-controlled parts of Syria, he had been putting off conscription by paying $2,000 a year, hoping to avoid becoming cannon fodder for a military that has been hemorrhaging soldiers, either by death or defection, after more than four years of war...
That weakness was most apparent during recent defeats in the northwest province of Idlib and the city of Palmyra; rebels and opposition groups said regime forces withdrew quickly rather than fight a prolonged battle...
"Every man in Syria...tries his best not to serve in the army," the young engineer said. "He can't imagine himself being a part of what's happening, part of a long war that doesn't seem to have an end."
"I don't want to be a part of a conflict which is for a single man's benefit," said a 29-year-old who has a good job in Damascus but is making plans to flee the country anyway. "This is a conflict that we, the normal people, have nothing to do with."
Since the start of the antigovernment uprising in 2011, the military hasn't allowed any soldiers to be discharged, according to a brigadier general in Homs province...
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights estimates the army has declined to 200,000 soldiers and officers, half the size it was before the uprising. An assessment released last year by the Center for Strategic and International Studies put Syria's armed forces at 178,000, down from 325,000.
(Excerpt) Read more at wsj.com ...
Dana Ballout in Beirut and a stringer and special correspondent in Damascus contributed to this article.
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