Israel Sees Syrian Army Growing Beyond Pre-Civil War Size

(Reuters) Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Tuesday that Syria was building up its ground forces beyond their pre-civil war size, an assessment that suggests President Assad's army has recovered from a critical manpower shortage earlier in the war. "We see the Syrian military, which is not satisfied with just taking over all of Syrian territory but is expressly building a broad-based, new ground army that will return to its previous proportions and beyond." Russia has been helping arm and train the Syrian army. Local Syrian militias raised by Lebanese Hizbullah with Iranian support include the National Defense Forces.

2018-08-08 00:00:00

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