BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:10 P.M.) – The latest hype to be spread around by opposition sources to ease humiliation suffered by East Ghouta rebels is the new-found realization that the Syrian Army and allied forces have lost around two thousand armored vehicles since the Syrian War started in 2011.

In reality, the mentioning of this probably true (since it is reportedly based on video evidence and assuming every recorded hit equals a knock-out) statistic by opposition sources is a compliment in disguise for Syrian government forces because it actually proves their resourcefulness.

Around 2,000 armored vehicles in seven years (2,550-odd days) could be better translated as less than one fighting vehicle per day on average. Let it be said that double that number is the case (which it is not) – that is less two fighting vehicles per day when averaged out.

One does not need to be a military analyst to know that such a loss rate does not even register on the lowest ranks of what is considered major army equipment losses in the history of modern warfare.

Opposition analysts have also failed to factor in how about half of all knocked-out government tanks are recovered, repaired and then eventually returned to service, how new military equipment is constantly arriving from Russia or how the Syrian Army still currently possess thousands of battle tanks and infantry fighting vehicles (an ever increasing amount of them modernized types).

Finally, another reality seems to elude opposition analysts in all of this – the Syrian Army is winning the conflict at a time when the supply of anti-tank weapons given to rebel fighters by rich outside powers is drying up.

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Indeed, the latest opposition ‘analysis’ report has served to prove something other than what opposition sources were hoping to prove. This is that rebel forces – who will not lay claim to a single tree in Aleppo province without first recording themselves next to it on a high-definition camera – have, despite the expenditure of thousands of sophisticated anti-tank missiles and tens of thousands of artillery shells provided by the US, Europe, Turkey and various Gulf States, failed to defeat the second-tier army of a small-power Arab nation after seven years of conflict.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions of this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Al-Masdar.

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Stern Daler

Early in the war Syria has had more than 7.000 tanks and tracked vehicles. 2000 total loses would be a lot but no game changer.
Salvaging and repairing tanks is standard military practice since the beginning of tank warfare.

AFAIK Russia’s engagement late in the war included technical help and training for technicians. Early in the war the SAA lost equipment to lack of care, not recovering or repairing damaged rolling material.
With Russia’s help this was changed.

p.s. Some countries salvaged and repaired more thanks than they ever build or owned. Russians and Germans were particularly adroit at this.
Google Beutepanzer.

Solomon Krupacek
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4500-5000 had only.

And this loss is huge. I suggest to read the whole article. It is very interesting, why were so huge losses.

Augsta
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Solomon why don’t you go crawl under the f****** Rock that you came from and just stay there and die…

amir
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its called the truth. sometimes it hurts.

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Shalom, shalom, it’s really nice to see so many joos here.

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@Solomon Krupacek – 4500 plus main battle tanks. 2000 plus tracked infantry fighting vehicles. 1300 plus armoured personnel carriers wheeled and tracked. 2000 of all these were hit more or less badly. If such a damaged armoured vehicle is recovered it can usually be repaired unless it has burned out or suffered an internal explosion. 2000 bad hits is not that big in over 2000 days of war. Even 2000 total loses (which did nor occur) would be ok. Because tanks are there so that You have less human casualties. p.s. I did not only read the article but know… Read more »

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the number include tanke and armored vehicles

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Yes Hassan I wrote tanks and tracked because the term armoured includes them. And I verified my numbers while I posted.

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There are the modern replacements that the Russians are supplying being unloaded as we write. Plus the fact that the Iranian Quds actually taught the Syrian Army and defense forces how to fight (like they did with the Iraqis) making them a more effective force than before the attempted breakup of Syria by the various foreign powers.

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@TheObserver, Yes. But people probably overestimate the number. A few hundred – if that many. The main thing was IMHO upgrading, training and technical service improvements.

p.s. I save all pics of altered and upgraded vehicles of the SAA. Especially when it looks like done domestically. An interesting topic.

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200 is bs,,more like 200 total loss that could not be salvaged,,go ahead and look at all the vids were tanks were fully lost,i doubt you can even find 200

ziad
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i said “200 is bs” i meant to say 2000 is bs and only 200 were lost

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I should imagine this figure of 2000 tanks lost includes a considerable amount taken by the terrorists when they overran weapons bases earlier on in the war.

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guys, i love this website but fire whoever comes up with the article titles. this title reads like a mail online ad ffs.

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Assad rely on foreign forces and foreign leaders rule Syria, once they are out Assad will fall in less than 24 hours just like he did in the beginning of the war, and winning? Loooooool it’s like the 20 times he said he won but still gets humiliated in daily basis

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@Abu bakr Oh You father of the lies. Why don’t You change Your name to Abu alkadhib?

The Syrians have come to love their president and hate IS and the other Takfiris. You should apply for a job with The Jerusalem Post, Reuters or Bloomberg. They would pay You for writing lies.

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LOL woof woof, the USsraeli terrorist pet dog was ordereed to bark online, given that he can not bite on the battlefield,quite amusing hear the pot call the kettle black, just in case you didnt make it to learn reding maps in school, your calipahte imploded into a ball of dust from which you can only launch self destructing attacks with the hope of being catapulted to your imaginary heaven with 72 bearded Saudi transgender preachers… If thats what you call victory then please carry on, just a few more of your victories and you will be erased from the… Read more »

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Tell me why does Assad need Russia China Iran n Korea Hezbollah and 75 nations to fight few light armed mujahedin? Hahahahahahaha still he gets his sore a*s beaten. Imagine mujahedin with equal weapons such as jets drones tanks ballistic missiles phosphorus barrel bombs choppers radars hahahahahahaha scary right

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Abu Bakr, maybe you should be called Abu Zindeeq. If you are so concerned about your mujahideen, than go fight with them………ooops, you are just a Wahhabi rat screeching on the net. Or a Zionist troll. You would s**t your pants in real war.

ziad
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where are you getting your spin info from? pulling it out of your a**? syria was fighting4 years on its own before iran or russia helped and there are terrorists coming from 84 diffrent countries being supplied and supported by west and turkey and other arab states surrounding syria,,you think these idiots would have lasted this long had it not been for all that help?

hestroy
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He is retarded after his goat mother. Poor guy, joo slave.

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Not to mention the infighting that’s going on among the different foreign sponsored jihadi groups as they are cornered into a smaller and smaller holdings!

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A jihadist that blames foreign support on others’ part?
Talk about specks and wooden beams…

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Yeah mujahedin doesn’t still have a jet or drone but you guys still claim they are supported by the entire world looooooool

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Try harder, my goat f*****g friend.