A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on May 2, 2018 shows Syrian soldiers holding position during battles with Daesh militants in al-Hajar al-Aswad area. AFP PHOTO / SANA
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Syria's army has issued orders to return home for men conscripted for compulsory service in 2010, the year before war broke out, fighters and local media said. The decision ends the drawn-out deployment of thousands of Syrians who enlisted for the mandatory 18 months of military service in 2010, but who ended up serving for eight years because of the war. Before Syria's conflict erupted in 2011, men 18 and older had to serve between 18 months and two years in the armed forces, after which they remained part of the reserves.
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