BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The Syrian military is preparing to decommission several units and soldiers that have served for most of the war, a source told Al-Masdar News this afternoon.

According to the military source, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) will discharge soldiers that have served at least five years and decommission a number of units they served in.

This move by the Syrian Arab Army comes as the military attempts to shift to post-war Syria, which will rely more on police units and less on infantry and armored personnel.

Earlier this year, the Syrian Arab Army discharged thousands of soldiers that served in the military since the 2011 draft year.

The 2012 and 2013 draftees were informed that they would later be discharged once the situation in Idlib is settled.

For many of the soldiers from the 2012 and 2013 conscription years, they have fought in some of the most gruesome battles this war has seen; these include the Aleppo, East Ghouta, and Daraa campaigns.

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Dutchnational
2018-11-05 17:19

It is right those men can go back to their families.they have done their duty. As they are veterans, the SAA will miss those men, even in case they have enough raw recruits.

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prince teutonic
2018-11-05 22:24

But these are the most battle hardened soldiers with huge combat experiences. In the (semi)peace time it’s perfectly normal to do so but when in uncertain times they must be in combat readiness all the time. Also SAA must be preparing for “mother of all battles” if Idlib treaty falls apart completely…

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Sweet Robert
2018-11-06 03:55

Very good decision. They earned this and are fortunate to be alive. If they want to rejoin then let them but the choice should be theirs.

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Bahlol Dana
2018-11-05 21:28

But with Israel sitting in Syria, and US troops in Syria, why are you discharging the troops. You Syria havent wont everything back!!!

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gustavo
2018-11-06 04:03

Yes, it is time for these brave man to take over the patrol of the cities and control of boundaries. Young brave man must take over the real fighting.