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Mon Jun 10, 2013, 05:55 PM

49. I've been checking

 

Wiki's updates regularly for a while now and they just updated their sources. I read over 24,000 Syrian soldiers killed and over 41,000 rebel fighters after the Quisar offensive. It wasn't as specific before that offensive. Even Wiki admits their stats are not accurate because they get it from both the opposition and regime. They mostly rely on opposition reports though.

I don't know if you are confusing the 41 thousand soldiers with rebels? Before the update, the numbers on both sides were equal totaling about over 16,000 for each side. After the offensive, it was over 24,000 Syrian soldiers and over 41,000 rebels.

They also updated militia casualties for the regime and casualties involving hezbullah, Iran, Iraq and a new group from another Arab country. Those numbers didn't change much, as well as the numbers of police killed before the offensive.

They also had the number of politicians killed before the offensive. The distinction in the report now are the numbers of Syrian soldiers and rebel fighters, which was not specific before the offensive. The rebels were claiming mostly civilians killed in their reports, but now there is better information of who is being killed, from the Syrian Army's after action battlefield reports given to the Syrian media. That is how I know the rebels are losing badly on the field of battle. They were reporting how many hezbullah fighters were getting killed but never their own casualties, and they dismissed the involvement of the Syrian Army. There was thousands of Syrian Troops on the move in that offensive. Hezbullah was used to infiltrate difficult urban areas and take on snipers. They were used mostly in special operations like a special forces unit.

I'm not just relying on Wiki, but I'm using actual reports from other sources to verify information with Wiki, and it is consistant with those sources. Think even about the reports from the opposition. They were getting hammered in Quisair. The BBC,Lebanese, Hezbullah,Israeli,Syrian and Russian sources were all giving contradictory reports than the rebel side. The actions of their supporters gave it away also, the opposition was getting hammered. That is probably why John McCain found it so important to slip into Syria at the time.

I'm also using my experience from being in the military for so long. I can put information together and tell what is happening. President Assad is not going to step down, because his army is winning decisively on the battle field. Many of the rebels have been captured or killed. Look at the number that is supposedly captured by the regime and add that to the number killed. There is only so much reinforcements the oppositon can get. That is not the case for Assad. Their remaining strenght lies in the North and Aleppo. When Aleppo falls, you just as well say it is over. It is not if, but when.

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