[Marxism] Fwd: ALL the International Powers Want to Crush the Syrian Uprising | Joseph Daher - peacenews.org

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Feb 12 10:12:20 MST 2016

We have to remember that these new military gains by regime forces would 
have been impossible without the military assistance of Russia, Iran, 
Hezbollah and various Shi’a sectarian militias. The Syrian army has been 
weakened considerably, various estimation pointing out that its numbers 
fell from 300,000 to as little as between 60,000 and 80,000 and had 
suffered various important defeats before the summer 2015, notably after 
the fall of the northern towns of Idlib and nearby Jisr al-Shughour in 
May 2015 falling in the hands of the coalition of the Jaysh al-Fath, led 
by Jabhat Al Nusra and Ahrar Sham.

Desertions and lack of will from the Syrian youth to die for a corrupt 
and authoritarian regime explain mainly the impossibility of the 
regime’s army to recruit new soldiers. A lot of young men have actually 
been fleeing for Europe often after having received their call-up papers 
or being ordered to report for reserve duty. In the same time, the 
weakness of the regime’s army has led to the creation of a 
125,000-strong locally based National Defence Force, which has been 
mostly trained and paid by the Islamic Republic of Iran.

This is why opposing these foreign imperialist interventions, are so 
important, because without them the regime would not have been able to 
continue and deepen its war against the Syrian population.


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