Syrian pro-government forces patrol an area in the Sahl al-Ghab, in Hama province, on June 7, 2015. AFP PHOTO / STR
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Syria will hike combat pay for soldiers and officers serving in the 500 areas around the country where troops are confronting "terrorists," Prime Minister Wael Halqi said Monday, while also urging young men to report for mandatory military service.Halqi said the government was determined to meet its obligations to people serving in the armed forces, the military's wounded and the families of soldiers killed in battle.However, the combat bonus will leave the pay of many military personnel lower than that of the various paramilitary groups that have emerged over the course of the war, now in its fifth year.The observer said that while paramilitary groups might seem like a more attractive option for regime supporters, the benefits available in regular army service were considerable – although several only apply after a soldier is killed in combat.
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