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15 May 2016

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One main reason why soldiers are missing is lack of money. The Syrian central bank is already printing money and inflation is much too high. The soldiers can simply not feed their families from what they make. The "rebels" pay better.

Another reason for the current lack of soldiers is the Russian ceasefire gamble. Iran and Hizbullah put new deployments on halt until the Russian make up their mind and stop believing the bullshit Kerry is feeding them. The ceasefire nonsense put several planned attacks on halt.

As for some regions not being attacked. There is internal fighting between rebel groups and al-Qaeda in east Ghouta with SOHR claiming that over 300 were killed. The Rastan area is relative quiet.

On the other hand IS and the U.S. organized al-Qaeda&Co groups continue surprise attacks all over the country often overwhelming local forces by concentrating masses and by using multiple suicide attacks in attacks.

Unless the Russians make up their mind and have their air force back in force the slaughter will continue. Iran could do mor right now and send a division of regulars but that would be difficult to sustain and the reaction from Turkey and others to that would probably make things worse.

One positive incident was the recent PKK MANPAD against a Turkish helicopter. The PKK threat in its back will hopefully keep the Turks out of Syria at least fro the time being.

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