A human rights group said on Wednesday that nearly 11,000 pro-regime fighters have been killed in the battles which took place in Syria during the last five months.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in a statement that 10,949 fighters from the Syrian Arab Army, National Defense Force militias and Arab and Asian pro-regime armed forces were killed during the period from July 16 to December 16.
The Observatory said that among the dead are 5,631 soldiers and officers from the regime army, 4,492 from the National Defense Forces, Baath militias, People's Committees, the Syrian Social Nationalist Party, the People's Front for the Liberation of Iskenderun and other civilian volunteers.
All were killed in "bombings, executions and clashes with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the Nusra Front and Syrian opposition factions," according to the Observatory.
The number of pro-regime foreign militants, including Arabs, Asians and Iranians, reached 735 fighters, in addition to 91 militants from the Lebanese Hezbollah party, according to the Observatory.
The Observatory pointed out that "the number of pro-regime troops killed by ISIS in this period reached 1,600 fighters, which represents about 15% of the total number of deaths in the last five months".
The Observatory said earlier this month that the outcome of the war in Syria exceeded 200,000 fighters since the conflict began in March 2011.
The clashes are still raging with the regime's army in several areas simultaneously with the clashes between the regime's army and ISIS fighters, while talks are ongoing about freezing the fight in Aleppo, according to the initiative of the U.N. envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura."
Translated and edited by The Syrian Observer