14 Sep '12, 9am

APPROX.

September 14, 2012: The fighting intensifies. About 6,000 soldiers and armed rebels have been killed in 20 months of violence, each side suffering about the same number of casualties. Most of the rebels are killed by artillery and air strikes, while most of the military casualties are from ambushes, mines, and planted bombs. Over 25,000 civilians have died so far and nearly 30,000 arrested. Casualties are sometimes over 500 a day (nationwide) with deaths running at the rate of over 3,000 a month. Most of the dead civilians are pro-rebel but a growing number are government supporters. While the number of soldiers declines (more due to desertions than casualties) the number of pro-government militiamen increases. These are gunmen organizing to defend their neighborhoods in cities that are being fought over. This is especially true in Homs, Damascus, Hamma, and Aleppo. Any ar...

Full article: http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/syria/articles/20120914.aspx

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