Despite he ongoing civil war, the Syrian miltary is one of the largest in all the Middle East.

'' The armies of the peoples of Syria will prevail. The foreigners will be removed, one by one!''

<<<tolo says: It is possible that President Assad does not have enough soldiers and hence the problems with the lack of progress in the war. I wonder if volunteers from Iraq will be in Syria after shares of ISIS.
No soldiers is probably the base when it comes to the lack of progress in the war on TEROR>>>

Canthama says: <<<Tolo, there is no lack of progress at all, from last year's same time the SAA had :
1) victory in Al Qusayr region
2) Liberated Homs and 95% of Homs province,
3) Fought in Lattakia and held several terrorists waves there, incluing fending off a major rat offensive in Kesab early 2014 which had all the help from Turkish Government, basically Lattakia is 98% rat free.
4) the SAA had an extremely succesful campaign in the critical Al Qalamoun region, basically sealing out all terrorists crossing from Lebanon, 98% of this region is rat free
5) SAA liberated most of the vital Al Ghouta in Damascus, the remaining parts are being systematically liberated.
6) The SAA led a major offensive into the encircled Aleppo by the rats (same time last year) and now is weeks to encircle Aleppo itself,
7) The SAA basically freed north Quneytra near Golan, small cities in rats hands are encircled and liberated slowly,
8) Held the so called major Southern front and now it is a stalemate front, very little happening and pretty much under control,
9) The SAA took back most of the city of Der Ez Zor, protected the airport and has some offensive there.
10) Reconquered some part of Hasaka Province, dozens cities are back to Syria control including most of the capital.

So not sure where are you coming from, but the above happened in 12 months and it is a lot. Yes ISIS grew, but it increased it s presence on the expenses of FSA and Nusra that were systematically defeated.

In my opinion the SAA did a hell of a good job for 12 months, I feel very convinced Syria will be fully liberated, time is in favor of the Syrian Government and more than ever the army is back to its best shape, but lets all agree, it can not be everywhere in Syria and there will be small loses, this is war and it is normal. Hope this help to change your perception.>>>>


Going beyond military totals and perceived fighting strength is the actual manpower that drives a given military. WARS of Attrition favour those with more.

Total Population: 22,457,336
Available Manpower: 11,550,588
Fit for Service: 9,939,661
Reaching Military Age Annually: 501,410
Active Frontline Personnel: 178,000
Active Reserve Personnel: 570,000


Tank value includes Main Battle Tanks, light tanks and tank destroyers, either wheeled or tracked. AFV value include Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) and Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs).

Tanks: 4,950
Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFVs): 5,155
Self Propelled Guns (SPGs): 436
Towed Artillery: 3,360
Multiple- Launch Rocket Systems (MLRSs): 680


Includes both fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft from all branches of service. All aircraft types accounted (UAVs, gunships, special mission, naval/carrier, trainers, etc).

Total Aircraft: 473
Fighters/Interceptors: 216
Fixed-Wing Attack Aircraft: 84
Transport Aircraft: 66
Helicopters: 169
Attack Helicopters: 28


Aircraft Carrier values does not include dedicated ''helicopter carrier'' vessels. Total naval strength includes all known auxiliaries as well.

Total Naval Strength: 56
Aircraft Carriers: 0
Frigates: 2
Destroyers: 0
Corvettes: 0
Submarines: 0
Coastal defence Craft: 44
Mine Warfare: 7


Despite the advances made in battlefield technology, oil remains the lifeblood of any fighting force.

Oil Production: 182,500 bbl/day
Oil Consumption: 290,000 bbl/day
Proven Oil Reserves: 2,500,000,000 bbl


War is as much a battle of logistics- moving man and machine from points all over- as it is direct combat. Labour Force reflects possible wartime industry strength.

Labour Force: 5,327,000
Merchant Marine Strength: 19
Major Ports and Terminals: 3
Roadway Coverage: 68,157
Railway Coverage: 2,052
Serviceable Airports: 90


Regardless of military strength in numbers, war is still driven by financing as much as any one leader or weapon.

Defence Budget: $1,872,000,000
External Debt: $8,394,000,000
Reserves of Foreign Exchange and Gold: $4,793,000,000
Purchase Power Parity: $ 107,600,000,000 (Adjusted GDP)


Geographical values primarily figure into defensive-minded war (i.e. invasion).

Square Land Area: 185,180 km2
Coastline: 193 km
Shared Border: 2,253 km
Waterways: 900 km

Partial Sources:, CIA World Factbook,, public domain print and media sources and user contributions. Some values may be estimated when official sources are lacking.

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