Another one by Tom Cooper, hope it was posted in the Russian thread... but still. This was clearly a stuff pulled out by Cooper likely from his arse and had only one intention - to fit the western narrative that we see and hear through their propaganda outlets.
Whats their narrative?
Simple. Syrian Govt and its elected President have no support base inside Syria and is made up by an individual's (Assad) supporters. There is no Syrian Army under oath to defend the sovereignty of Syrian republic regardless of who the President is, but only supporters of Assad (hence the use Assad troops, loyalists etc etc). And then, there can only be Assad supporters (meaning Alwites, Shia, Baathist, Communists etc) coz as per their cocooned worldview other Syrians do not support their elected President.
Whats the ground reality?
Except for those with the world ending inside their shell, all others have seen what the reality has been like. The Syrian Arab Army (& other military arms) has stood firmly for preserving and protecting the Syrian state. The SAA still constitute the Sunnis as their single largest contributor of manpower (due to population composition) with almost all Syrians (Alawites, Shia, Druze, Christians etc) making up this "sectarian" "Assad army" called the Syrian Armab Army. This is very itching for the propagandist and desperately tries every sinlg time to downplay any success by the SAA.
SAA have suffered heavy causality/attrition for an army with manpower of only 1,60,000 in this long 5 years war. Its not surprising considering that this whole stuff was meticulously planned and executed by outside forces with SAA over the years having to face off about/more than 3,60,000 (and counting) terrorist force.
There is no doubt there is shortage of manpower and the first rate proper military replenishment will take couple of years, so untill then short-term trained fighting force is what the SAA will have to depend on for various sectors and hundreds of Syrians have turned in to defend their country through various paramilitary formations.
And let me remind once more.... the article had one single objective and that was to obscure the reality of Syrian peoples fight against terrorists by portraying it as just Russians, Iranians, Iraqi's and Lebanese fighting for a country and its President who have no support from the Syrian population.