BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The Al-Qaeda affiliated Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham militant group has held strong in the western sector of Aleppo recently, thanks in large part to their large arsenal of U.S. manufactured anti-tank TOW missiles.
These TOW missiles have especially played an integral role near the Al-Zahra’a front, where a significant number of hilltops and farms are prime for open field attacks on the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) armored vehicles.
In the past, the jihadist rebels have been able to hold onto similar terrain in the Aleppo Governorate with these weapons; however, a shortage of TOW missiles during the battle for the eastern districts in late 2016 exposed a clear weakness in their defenses.
However, it appears the jihadist rebels are once again in possession of a large number of TOW missiles, which have likely been supplied by their Saudi and Turkish sponsors, with possible approval from Washington.
It’s not necessarily clear how many of these advanced missiles the jihadist forces currently possess, but the constant use of these weapons in the past two weeks has led many in the Syrian Army’s High Command to believe they have a significant stock.
The websites revealed that the terrorist groups are getting ready to confront the army soldiers and their allied forces, adding that Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at has sent a large number of US-made TOW missiles to the battlefields in Western Aleppo to help their comrades to resist against the army attacks.
Reports said that terrorist groups used TOW missiles against the army in Eastern Aleppo in 2016, but the low quantity of the missiles was the reason behind the militants’ defeats.
Based on the reports, terrorist groups have once again received a large number of TOW missiles via their Saudi and Turkish backers and are receving Washington’s assistance to use them in the battles in Western Aleppo.
In March, images released by the newly-formed Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at showed that state-of-the-art anti-tank TOW missiles were used by terrorists in the war against the Syrian Army in Western Aleppo.
Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at released several images of continued missile attacks of Al-Nusra Front (recently renamed to Fatah al-Sham Front) on Syrian army positions in Western Aleppo, proving that the Al-Nusra that was the backbone of Tahrir al-Sham Haya’at had been targeting government force’s position by US-made anti-tank TOW missiles.
Experts studying the military operations in terrorist-held regions said Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at likely gained access to the TOW missiles after the Al-Nusra seized control over the arms depots of rival terrorists of Jeish al-Mojahedin in Western Aleppo.
Other experts meantime believe that the TOW missiles were part of the ammunition under the control of Nouralddeen al-Zinki Movement that joined Tahrir al-Sham Hay’ayt.
Al-Zinki Movement had previously been using TOW missiles in its operations.