240,000 Killed, Mostly Combatants, in Syrian Civil War

Pro-Govt Forces the Largest Portion of Toll

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has issued a new assessment of the overall death toll of the Syrian Civil War, showing nearly a quarter of a million people, 240,381, have been killed since March 2011. Most of the slain were combatants.

The largest portion of the slain were pro-government forces, some 88,616. 50,570 of those were government soldiers, and the rest were allied militias. 42,384 rebels were reported killed, and 34,375 foreign fighters.

The observatory identified 71,781 civilians killed over the course of the war. The split between civilians and militias, as always, is a matter of no small dispute, with various sides often trying to downplay the deaths of civilians in their respective attacks.

The observatory data shows about 10,000 more slain since their last data, which was two months prior. There has been a renewed effort from the UN Special Envoy to Syria to kickstart some new peace talks aimed at resolving at least some of the fighting within the increasingly complex war.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.