Syria’s military: what does Assad have?

Here are details of Syria’s armed forces

which experts say are dominated by senior Alawite officers,

ensuring loyalty to President Bashar al-Assad.

Assad deployed the army in the main port city of Latakia

last month and around the southern city of Deraa, where protests

broke out nearly three weeks ago inspired by Arab uprisings

elsewhere in North Africa and the Middle East.

Syria’s armed forces total 295,000 active personnel, backed

by heavy artillery, tanks, warplanes and a small navy. There are

also 314,000 reservists. In a move to curb dissent last month,

Assad shortened military conscription to 18 months from 21.

* GROUND FORCES:

Numbers: 220,000 including conscripts. Assad’s brother Maher

controls the Presidential Guard, the Republican Guard, and the

Fourth Armoured Division which together with Syria’s secret

police form the heart of the country’s security forces.

4,950 main battle tanks, 590 reconnaissance vehicles, up to

2,450 armoured infantry fighting vehicles, 1,500 armoured

personnel carriers, 3,440 artillery pieces, up to 500 mortars

and at least 4,100 surface-to-air missiles.

* PARAMILITARY FORCES:

Numbers: 108,000. Made up of 8,000 Interior Ministry

gendarmerie and 100,000 Workers Militia or People’s Army (Baath

Party).

* NAVY:

Numbers: 5,000

Bases located at Lakatia, Tartus and Minet el-Baida

* AIR FORCE:

Numbers: 100,000, including 30,000 reserves.

Combat capable aircraft: 555 Mig planes, including more than

150 fighters, more than 300 fighter-ground attack planes, 48

intelligence/surveillance planes, and 22 heavy transport planes.

Helicopters: 36 attack helicopters, 100

reconnaissance/transport helicopters, 20 transport helicopters.

Reuters

  • Beiruti

    This is nothing compared to 20 Million Sunnis. If this revolution becomes succesful the Alawites better run as fast as they can because there will be a genocide against those 1.5 million Alawites that are left in Syria. Every Sunni will remember the Hama massacre which killed 40,000 and all those 50 years of opression against the Syrian people, all for what? One mans greed. This might sad to say lead to a day were the Alawites are to be like the dinosaurs… extinct. If not they will be opressed just like the Sunnis for the rest of their existence in Syria.

  • Anonymous

    This is nothing compared to 20 Million Sunnis. If this revolution becomes succesful the Alawites better run as fast as they can because there will be a genocide against those 1.5 million Alawites that are left in Syria. Every Sunni will remember the Hama massacre which killed 40,000 and all those 50 years of opression against the Syrian people, all for what? One mans greed. This might sad to say lead to a day were the Alawites are to be like the dinosaurs… extinct. If not they will be opressed just like the Sunnis for the rest of their existence in Syria.

  • lebnaneh

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  • lebnaneh

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  • Anonymous

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  • alik78

    you see beiruti, thats the difference between the syrians and the lebanese. the lebanese walk, talk and breathe religous sectarism. thats why your country had a 20 year civil war and syria had to go in to stop you from killing eachother. your addiction to religous sects divide you as a country and thats why lebanon will never be ONE and UNITED. Your a prime example of preaching hatred between religous sects because your lebanese and thats what lebanese do. lebanon will never go forward as a country as long as your people are like that, and thats to bad coz lebanon is a beautiful country. Syria is ONE and UNITED, there are some issues, im not denying that. However the majority of us syrians stand with our president, no matter what religon, or religous sect. as long as he is taking the country forward and doing his best to make the living standards of his people easier.

    • ralphsrouji

      If you’re so sure that you are ONE and UNITED, if you’re so sure that the majority of Syrians are behind your pissident from all sects and classes, why don’t you organize a fair and free election like those retards next door the lebanese? If only Syria respected the results of the Lebanese elections both countries would be far better off today.
      BTW we can see how forward the assassin has been taking the country: just today, the Kurds were finally given the right to be second class citizens like the rest of the Syrians who are not members of the baath. Just today the last casino was closed and the hijab accepted for public workers… The only “forward” that people see in Syria is when Friday’s going to come so that more and more people can go down on the streets in the name of freedom regardless of the massacres that your “progressive” tyrant is ordering.
      Alloush habibe, you’re going to need a century in rationalism studies before voicing an opinion that might convince someone here. Keep your baathist propaganda to the idiots in your party, applaude to one another, write poems for bashar… all this is great in the majlis al shaab… here, you’re going to need much more than that to be taken seriously.

    • kamille1

      alik78, i agree with you about us lebanese, but SYRIA DID NOT COME INTO LEBANON TO HELP US STOP FROM KILLING EACH OTHER. syria came to lebanon to help control us. syria armed and trained and inticed all lebanese groups to fight eachother, they added fuel to the fire. not only that but they killed, stole, raped and destroyed whatever was left. i feel sorry for people like you that support a family that ruled you and your people for 40 years and they did it using fear. you and people like you live in an open air prison, you don’t even dare to say one word against your ruler, cause you know if you did what will happen to you, is this realy the life you want to live??? i hope more people break that fear factor and get out and demand to be free to choose who they want to govern them.

  • alik78

    you see beiruti, thats the difference between the syrians and the lebanese. the lebanese walk, talk and breathe religous sectarism. thats why your country had a 20 year civil war and syria had to go in to stop you from killing eachother. your addiction to religous sects divide you as a country and thats why lebanon will never be ONE and UNITED. Your a prime example of preaching hatred between religous sects because your lebanese and thats what lebanese do. lebanon will never go forward as a country as long as your people are like that, and thats to bad coz lebanon is a beautiful country. Syria is ONE and UNITED, there are some issues, im not denying that. However the majority of us syrians stand with our president, no matter what religon, or religous sect. as long as he is taking the country forward and doing his best to make the living standards of his people easier.

    • ralphsrouji

      If you’re so sure that you are ONE and UNITED, if you’re so sure that the majority of Syrians are behind your pissident from all sects and classes, why don’t you organize a fair and free election like those retards next door the lebanese? If only Syria respected the results of the Lebanese elections both countries would be far better off today.
      BTW we can see how forward the assassin has been taking the country: just today, the Kurds were finally given the right to be second class citizens like the rest of the Syrians who are not members of the baath. Just today the last casino was closed and the hijab accepted for public workers… The only “forward” that people see in Syria is when Friday’s going to come so that more and more people can go down on the streets in the name of freedom regardless of the massacres that your “progressive” tyrant is ordering.
      Alloush habibe, you’re going to need a century in rationalism studies before voicing an opinion that might convince someone here. Keep your baathist propaganda to the idiots in your party, applaude to one another, write poems for bashar… all this is great in the majlis al shaab… here, you’re going to need much more than that to be taken seriously.

  • Anonymous

    you see beiruti, thats the difference between the syrians and the lebanese. the lebanese walk, talk and breathe religous sectarism. thats why your country had a 20 year civil war and syria had to go in to stop you from killing eachother. your addiction to religous sects divide you as a country and thats why lebanon will never be ONE and UNITED. Your a prime example of preaching hatred between religous sects because your lebanese and thats what lebanese do. lebanon will never go forward as a country as long as your people are like that, and thats to bad coz lebanon is a beautiful country. Syria is ONE and UNITED, there are some issues, im not denying that. However the majority of us syrians stand with our president, no matter what religon, or religous sect. as long as he is taking the country forward and doing his best to make the living standards of his people easier.

    • Anonymous

      If you’re so sure that you are ONE and UNITED, if you’re so sure that the majority of Syrians are behind your pissident from all sects and classes, why don’t you organize a fair and free election like those retards next door the lebanese? If only Syria respected the results of the Lebanese elections both countries would be far better off today.
      BTW we can see how forward the assassin has been taking the country: just today, the Kurds were finally given the right to be second class citizens like the rest of the Syrians who are not members of the baath. Just today the last casino was closed and the hijab accepted for public workers… The only “forward” that people see in Syria is when Friday’s going to come so that more and more people can go down on the streets in the name of freedom regardless of the massacres that your “progressive” tyrant is ordering.
      Alloush habibe, you’re going to need a century in rationalism studies before voicing an opinion that might convince someone here. Keep your baathist propaganda to the idiots in your party, applaude to one another, write poems for bashar… all this is great in the majlis al shaab… here, you’re going to need much more than that to be taken seriously.

    • Anonymous

      alik78, i agree with you about us lebanese, but SYRIA DID NOT COME INTO LEBANON TO HELP US STOP FROM KILLING EACH OTHER. syria came to lebanon to help control us. syria armed and trained and inticed all lebanese groups to fight eachother, they added fuel to the fire. not only that but they killed, stole, raped and destroyed whatever was left. i feel sorry for people like you that support a family that ruled you and your people for 40 years and they did it using fear. you and people like you live in an open air prison, you don’t even dare to say one word against your ruler, cause you know if you did what will happen to you, is this realy the life you want to live??? i hope more people break that fear factor and get out and demand to be free to choose who they want to govern them.

  • Beiruti

    This is nothing compared to 20 Million Sunnis. If this revolution becomes succesful the Alawites better run as fast as they can because there will be a genocide against those 1.5 million Alawites that are left in Syria. Every Sunni will remember the Hama massacre which killed 40,000 and all those 50 years of opression against the Syrian people, all for what? One mans greed. This might sad to say lead to a day were the Alawites are to be like the dinosaurs… extinct. If not they will be opressed just like the Sunnis for the rest of their existence in Syria.