Report: 3,700 Killed in Syria in 2021, Lowest of the War

Decade in, the war is finally slowing down

As 2021 winds down, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is offering a new figure for the Syrian War. It is showing a steady slow-down of the war there, with the lowest death toll of the decade.

At the peak, over 10,000 were being killed annually. The 2020 toll was 6,800 killed. This year’s toll fell even further to 3,746, another big drop. The toll included 1,505 civilians and 360 children.

It shouldn’t be a shock that the war is slowing up. The ISIS Caliphate is gone, and fighting with them is rare. The al-Qaeda forces in the northwest are increasingly small, and the only really active force is Turkey and its allies.

All of this doesn’t mean that the war is over, but the trend has been in that direction. 2022 may be yet closer to the end, with the fighting giving way to reconstruction.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for 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.