Hezbollah militia has lost at least 1,233 militiamen in Syria since April 2013, according to a report published on Thursday (Oct. 11) by The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington (AGSIW). The report says that a survey of funeral services held in Lebanon for Hezbollah militiamen killed in Syria shows at least 1,233 losses or about 40 percent of the total 2,972 foreign Shia militiamen killed as estimated from open source materials.  Hezbollah has paid a heavy price to secure the survival of the Assad regime, which also secures Hezbollah’s overland lifeline to Tehran. On April 30, 2013 Nasrallah, on Al-Manar TV, confirmed for the first time Hezbollah’s military involvement in Syria, at a time when Hezbollah’s mounting losses in Syria could no longer be kept secret. The report also shows that 77 among Hezbollah’s 1,233 losses were officers. The report states that the total number of foreign Shia casualties serves as an absolute minimum, since individual militias have generally an interest in downplaying their losses and the actual death toll is likely higher.