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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syrian_Armed_Forces

As the uprising progressed into civil war, some Sunni soldiers began to defect from the Syrian Armed Forces and came together under the banner of the Free Syrian Army. In March 2012 the Syrian government issued new travel restrictions for military-aged males.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syrian_Army

The Syrian Army, officially the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) (Arabic: الجيش العربي السوري ‎, translit. al-Jayš al-ʿArabī as-Sūrī), is the land force branch of the Syrian Armed Forces. It is the dominant military service of the four uniformed services, controlling the most senior posts in the armed forces, and has the greatest ...

www.quora.com/Syria-How-powerful-is-the-Syrian-military

So the Syrian Arab Army has to manufacture their own bombs and airstrike rockets - causing massive civilian casualties. So to answer your question: The Syrian Arab Army is not powerful at all - it is a shadow of its once great might. The powers that be are keeping it barely alive.

warisboring.com/whats-left-of-the-syrian-arab-army

The general impression is that the Syrian Arab Army remains the largest military force involved in the Syrian Civil War, and that — together with the so-called National Defense Forces — it remains the dominant military service under the control of government of Pres. Bashar Al Assad.

www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/syria/army-war.htm

The Syrian Army in the Civil War. It is difficult to assess the state of Syria's Army after more than two years of civil war. It is in the interests of the regime to depict themselves as confident ...

nationalinterest.org/feature/why-assads-army-has-not...

The history of the Syrian Army that Hafez al-Assad built is instructive today. As president, the elder Assad brought senior members of the Syrian Air Force into the military high command.

fsaplatform.org/fsa

The Free Syrian Army (FSA) is the moderate armed opposition fighting across Syria, to free the Syrian people from the Assad regime, its foreign militia and Daesh. The FSA formed in 2011 when peaceful protests in Syria were met with violent force from Syrian government forces.

www.timesofisrael.com/liberman-warns-assad-planning-to...

Liberman warns Assad planning to rebuild large Syrian army after civil war Defense minister also praises Trump’s reimposition of Iran sanctions, saying Tehran was using relief provided by nuke ...

www.businessinsider.com/the-syrian-military-is-on-the...

The Syrian Army has suffered extreme causality and desertion rates during the civil war. During the 4 years of the conflict so far, the military has lost approximately half of its personnel.

slate.com/.../2003/04/how-strong-is-the-syrian-military.html

The Syrian army was not merely supplied but trained by the Soviets, and so inherited their highly centralized, top-down, take-no-initiative style of warfare. In July 1998, Hafez Assad, the current ...