President Bashar al-Assad of Syria during an interview with a Russian newspaper.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has granted a general amnesty for men who deserted the army or have avoided military service.
A decree published by state media on Tuesday said the amnesty applies to men “inside and outside the country” and covers all punishments for desertion.
Men inside Syria will have four months to take advantage of the amnesty while those outsides will have six months.
The move could help boost the return of refugees, some of whom have not been able to go back home because they were blacklisted.
Under Syrian military law, deserters can face years of prison if they leave their posts and do not report for service within a set amount of time.