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Mon Jun 10, 2013, 08:35 PM

54. Probably not 100%, but a substantial majority.

You have to remember that nearly all of the Sunni divisions in the military defected to the FSA, and Assad transferred the remaining loyal Sunni regiments to areas away from the combat zones to reduce the chances of spying and defection, meaning that nearly all of the Syrian Army combat soldiers are predominately Shia Alawite (non Alawi Shia only account for a couple percent of the population). While there have always been a number of Christians in the Syrian military, they have typically been a small minority because of religious prohibitions relating to combat between Christians and Muslims (even under the relatively secular Assad regime, Islamic laws prohibiting non-Muslims from holding power over Muslims were enforced). Widescale induction of Christians into pro-government militias didn't begin until late last year after the FSA and related groups were implicated in a number anti-Christian attacks and massacres, along with countless lootings of ancient Christian sites.

So, yes, it's entirely conceivable that the bulk of government losses have been Shiite, nearly all of which are Alawite.

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