Syrian regime’s forced conscription highlighted by photo of civilians in chains

Men aged 18 to 42 are by law forced to serve in the military and with so few recruits available, the regime has relied on local militias and foreign fighters to plug the gaps. But Damascus has continued to round up or hunt down potential recruits and forced them to join the military, where they serve on front lines in miserable conditions and often used as cannon fodder in battles against rebels.

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