Syrian Free Army by the numbers

This is an important update by Reuters about the burgeoning guerrilla war in Syria, the numbers of its fighters, and what it’s facing in terms of the military power of the Syrian Armed Forces still loyal to the regime:

“If we get 25,000 to 30,000 deserters mounting guerrilla warfare in small groups of six or seven it is enough to exhaust the army in a year to a year-and-a-half, even if they are armed only with rocket-propelled grenades and light weapons,” he said in the telephone interview from south Turkey on Thursday.”

… Sheikh [the “most senior commander” to defect] “estimated the size of the Syrian army, on which Assad has relied to try and put down the revolt, at 280,000 soldiers, including conscripts.”

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